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Storage issues worry area farmers

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GREENE (KWWL) - A combination of high moisture and shrinking storage space is starting to make farmers in Eastern Iowa nervous.

The harvest season usually begins in late September however area farmers are just firing up their combines now.

Kinser Jensen of Jensen Grain Farms says although the wet weather has set them back its actually the surplus of corn farmers are worried about.


Farmers around the country are expecting a large harvest this year.

The surplus lowers the price of grain, making it lose its value.

Because of this, farmers store their corn longer so they can sell when the price is right.

"This year we were concerned about storage since prices are low. We didn't want to haul it in and take a low price. We hope prices will rebound so we rented additional storage," Jensen said.

Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture says as of Monday, only 5% of corn has been harvested so far compared to the typical five-year average of 26%.

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