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Late planting leads to frost worries


DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) - After delayed planting -- some farmers are still waiting to harvest.  They're hoping the late harvest doesn't combine with an early frost.

It's a typical fall afternoon on the Vaassen farm; sun shining, wind blowing and tractors running.

"There's one thing about farming, you take nature as it comes," said Paul Vaassen, President of the Dubuque County Farm Bureau.

This year, nature brought almost everything.  "It started back in November when we had the snow and it remained with us until April," said Vaassen.  The rainy spring and flooding in June put virtually every farmer behind schedule.  Which isn't good as the weather is getting colder.

Each year farmers prepare themselves for the first frost of the season but this year things are a little different.  Farmers are worried their crops won't be ready and mature enough to handle the frost."

"It varies somewhat this year. Some crop ground was flooded, some people got into that very very late and planted their crops very late so consequently that is not mature yet," said Vaassen.            

Add the late harvest to the threat of an early frost means some of the corn and stalks will dry out,   

But in the midst of nature's burden there is one thing farmers can be grateful for.  "We're fortunate because we've had moisture and I know some parts of the country have been very very dry and consequently their crops don't amount to anything," said Vaassen.

Like all farmers, Vaassen hopes to get is crop in before the frost -- whenever it comes. "You just go with nature there's not much you can do with that," he said. Embracing what's left of afternoon's like this one.

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Online Reporter: Lauren Squires



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