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Farmers struggle to complete harvest

NEW CANTON, Il (WGEM) — Farmers are talking about the challenges of harvesting this late into the fall.

Generally, the harvest would be over for most farmers by now, but not this year.

It has been a long harvest for farmers like Marvin Meyer and his son Ryan.

“It’ll be nice to have this year behind us. I started farming in ’73 with my dad and grandpa and this has been one of the most adverse years I ever saw,” said Marvin.

Friday, the father-son duo worked quickly to get the last of their crops out of their fields just south of New Canton, Illinois.

“About the time we got started is usually when we are about half done with harvest so we were several weeks behind just getting started harvesting and we’re getting pretty close. We’re down to about a 150 acres of corn left,” said Ryan.

Marvin said when harvest goes this late into the fall, one of the biggest challenges is dealing with moisture.

“Everything was planted so late that the moisture content of the corn and the beans has been running a little bit higher than normal. Most of it now has to be dried down before we can sell it,” said Marvin.

To do that, farmers use dryers in their grain bins. Ryan said a propane tank to fuel that process can cost between $800 and $1000 which cuts into profits.

“We’re very fortunate to have what we have and glad that we can still have something to combine this year,” said Ryan.

The Meyers said they’ve wrapped up harvesting soybeans already. They hope to finish off the rest of their corn crop by Thanksgiving.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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