Hometown Farmer - Harvest 2018

An empty corn field near Sioux City, Iowa. The Iowa Department of Agriculture says just under half of the state's corn crop had been harvested by Oct. 28th.

Fall has just about fell and winter is on the way, but harvest is still in the air.

This week in "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," we're taking a look back at some of the harvests of this past year.

Back in July, one man and one machine were all it took to harvest sod at the Rogers' sod farm near Lyons, Neb.

At the time, Field Manager Dave Freese said rain had cut down on the amount of watering the 300 acres of grass needed.

But it wasn't all good.

"That hampers us a lot," said Freese, talking about the rain. "Weather determines what we do out here on both ends, on the sod field side and on the installation side, too."

In August, Lynnette Pennings said history at her farm wasn't just a thing of the past.

She she showed us, and some hungry cats, how to harvest goat milk.

The cats love it!

"This is the big attraction of the morning, of course," said Pennings.

Wet weather started back up again as summer rolled into fall.

"It has been a very frustrating fall, we can't seem to string together a stretch of nice, warm, sunny weather," said farmer Ken Carlson, who lives and farms near Whiting, Iowa. "It doesn't even have to be warm."

He got a late start getting the crops out, then as it rained more, equipment would get stuck in the mud.

"This is where we gave up trying to get through the field, here," said Carlson, pointing to a particularly wet spot in one of his fields.

The weather meant his crops were rotting and falling over and kernels were even starting to grow.

So how are things doing now?

The Iowa Department of Agriculture says just under half the state's corn is out, which is three days ahead of last year but three days behind average.

Meanwhile, 71% of the state's soybeans are out, which is a week behind average.

A release from the department says this is the smallest percentage of soybeans harvested by October 28th since 2009.

If you'd like to check out the full crop report, please visit: https://content.govdelivery.com/.

If you have a farmer you'd like to nominate for "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," please email Jake at: jheller@siouxlandnews.com.

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