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As season nears end, farmers make final push to finish harvest


It has been a difficult season for area farmers, with rains washing out the fields and then a tough harvest.

"We had a pretty good September it was real dry then, and then October was just a mess of wet weather," Jim Speer, working on his family farm, said."Just pretty much one thing after another this year, if it ain't too much rain, it's not enough."

Because of that rainy season, the corn is too wet.

Most farmers are shooting for 16 percent moisture content, but according to the USDA it's sitting at 18 percent.

"Everyone who has been picking in the past few weeks has had to dry it," Speer said. "I know some people are still drying it too, but a little nice weather here and there and if it stays dry, it'll just keep getting drier."

Not only that but corn prices are at $3.43 cents a bushel, on a downward trend since the Fall of 2013.

It still has to go to market regardless.

"You don't have much of a choice, you gotta harvest it," Edward Larson, a combine driver at another farm, said. "You gotta sell it for what you can get for it, because you can't store it all."

With some of the challenges they face, farmers are taking all their victories, wherever they may be.

Larson works part time at Welti Farms and he's liking what he sees from the.

"Well it's a good yield, the corn is standing real good in this area so it makes it a lot easier to operate," Larson said.

With only so much in their control, the best thing farmers say they can do, is just roll with the punches.

"Take it one day at a time and just see what happens," Speer said.

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