Mitchell County, Iowa –The ongoing battle between Mother Nature and Northeast Iowa’s agriculture producers is pitting the two against one another this fall.
Galen Barker farms in Southern Mitchell County and the soggy conditions have put them behind schedule for harvest, just like many other producers.
According to the latest crop report from the Iowa department of agriculture only 11 percent of this years crop has been harvested. Ironically, that number is up six percent from last year, but according to the same report, more humidity this summer has allowed for crops to mature more quickly – one week ahead of schedule.
Last year’s October rains put harvest on hold, but because of the 2017 rain delay, harvest is on schedule for 2018 despite the onslaught of September moisture. Galen’s son, Garrett, is a seed salesman and as he’s toured crops, he’s seeing some issues.
Some producers are feeling more nervous with a seven more inches of rain in next week’s forecast. Not only is the quality of the crop at stake, but Barker adds so it’s the producers mentality this fall.
But as we all know, Mother Nature will have the last word.