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MASON CITY, Iowa - Driving down rural roads it's easy to see that harvest season is in full swing.
But this year some farmers in our area are a bit behind schedule.
Mason City farmer Kevin Pope is playing a little bit of catch up this harvest season.
"We’re harvesting a little bit of corn here this morning and then we're going to finish up with soybeans after lunch.”
Pope says he's on track when it comes to his soybean harvest, he was finishing that up Thursday afternoon but the corn on the other hand…
"The corn is wetter than we'd like it to see but I guess for as late as the crop got planted it's not going to be too bad,” explains Pope.
Usually farmers like to get their corn in the ground by early May, but because of the wet conditions, planting season was pushed back a few weeks, which caused harvesting to be pushed back as well.
At this point typically farmers have about half of their corn out of the ground but according to the ISU Extension office in Worth County, right now there's only about 40% harvested and it's the same story across the border.
“Freeborn County, Mower County right to the north of us here experiencing the exact same thing too much moisture, too much rainfall during that May-June period,” says Dennis Johnson from the Extension.
And this year's harvest seems to be the polar opposite as what we saw last year.
"We really in 2012 had kind of a dry summer dry fall and everything came out, the crop matured rapidly so we really harvest the crop in a quick fashion, whether it be corn or soybeans both of them were pretty much wrapped up a year ago at this time,” adds Johnson.
So how does the later harvest this year affect the yields? Well Pope says it depends on where you look.
“There's a little big of everything out there. There's some places where there's zero yield because of it being too wet and there's also some places of really good crops, well drained areas and hilltops things like that that are excellent,” adds Pope.
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