Farmers fight soggy fields

Local News

PELLA – The wet weather has some farmers worried about this season’s harvest.

Farmers are forced to play a waiting game until fields dry out enough for them to continue harvesting the crops. Local Pella farmer, Dennis Bogaards, said the last time a harvest delay was this late was close to ten years ago. He hopes things dry out soon, because his crops depend on it.

“Still got probably 80 percent of my crop’s still to harvest yet,” said Bogaards.

Bogaards said his soybean crop could possibly be the best he’s ever had. Unfortunately that won’t help him right now, as he cannot get them out of the soggy fields. 

“It’s just frustrating when you see the forecast,” said Bogaards.

Between the drought earlier in the summer paired with one of the wettest Septembers on record, local farmers cannot seem to catch a break.

Despite the delay, Bogaards said Iowa is still on track for harvest progress with the five-year average. 

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