Farmers across the area are working on the harvest – and despite a summer drought, the yields have been looking pretty good.
Steve Woeste farms north of Manchester, running a cow-calf operation with corn, soybeans and alfalfa.
Tony Helmrichs, who farms west of Ryan, says the yields have been good for him too. Helmrichs has a cattle operation with a little over one thousand acres of corn and soybeans.
Many area farmers experienced downed corn from the severe storms that moved through in August. Terry Knipper, who grows corn, beans and alfalfa north of Hopkinton, says they’re still able to get that corn harvested.
The rain this past week has slowed down the harvest, with another rounds of showers expected Friday. Helmrichs says some dry weather would be a big help.
The USDA says as of Tuesday, nearly 30-percent of Iowa’s corn harvest was complete statewide – which is eight days ahead of normal. And more than half of the soybean crop had been harvested at 56-percent – nine days ahead of the five-year average.
photo courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH