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Wet conditions slow down Iowa farmer's harvest

DES MOINES (AP) - Wet fields and wet corn are a problem across Iowa as farmers try to finish up the harvest.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the Iowa corn harvest is about two weeks behind schedule.

Rain is forecast into Thursday, which could mean more delays.

According to the weekly crop report from the Iowa agriculture secretary's office, the corn harvest is 62% complete. Moisture content of corn in the field is at 21%, while harvested corn is 18%.

Corn generally needs to be dried to about 15% moisture for storage.

Prairie City farmer Dean Taylor says he'll have to dry more corn than usual. He adds, however, that he didn't have to replant as much as in other parts of the state, so his corn is a little drier.

The soybean harvest is at 97%, on pace with last year.

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