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Warm, dry fall weather makes for perfect harvest conditions

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Specialists say the warm, dry weather this fall, and a late first killing freeze, have made for an excellent corn and bean season in Iowa.

No moisture or mud makes it easier for farmers to get into the fields for harvest.

93 percent of Iowa's soy beans and 73 percent of their corn has already been harvested.

This rain, or any snow we may see before the end of the year, shouldn't affect the crops too much.

"Having a majority of beans already out of the field and a majority of the corn already harvested for this time of year, the rain isn't going to hurt the fields that much," ISU Farm Management Specialist Ryan Drollete said.

The first killing freeze this year happened in mid-October, after crops had matured, making for better quality produce.

A great harvest year also benefits Iowa economically.

"We always hope for a good harvest so that farmers can then pay their bills, and money flows through our economy and the economies of scale," Drollette said.

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