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Farmers work through slow harvest

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Dave Walton, ISA director from Wilton, climbs to the cab of his combine during soybean harvest. (Photo: Joseph Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association

By Joseph Murphy, ISA senior communications manager and Aaron Putze, ISA communications director

When it rains, it pours. Sometimes just at the wrong time.

Farmers across the state who faced drought conditions most of the growing season are now dealing with wet weather as they try to put a punctuation mark on the growing season.

Warren Bachman, an ISA director from Osceola, spent last Wednesday in his combine after rain delays and crop conditions prevented him from making headway on his harvest. That was a welcome change from the time he has spent on the sideline watching his drought-impacted crops slowly dry down for picking.

"We had high hopes, like every farmer does when they plant, but it has been a disappointment," Bachman said of the crop this year.

His area received a total of two inches of rain from the end of May to August. For Bachman and many other farmers, October has been a different story. From Oct. 3 to Oct. 25, Bachman said he received nine inches of rain.

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