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Farmers Reaction to Harvest Yields

LINN COUNTY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--We begin in the fields of Eastern Iowa where farmers have battled both heavy rains and drought conditions this growing season.

That triggered fears of a second difficult year for Iowas biggest economic sector. But today, the Iowa soybean association reports some farmers are getting higher yields than first planned.

It's harvest time out here in Robert Broulik's bean field and he says things are looking okay right now.

"I think we're going to be really pleased with the yields. They are not the best yields but they are good yields, said farmer Robert Broulik.

Broulik says from what he has seen so far, he's expecting about 180 bushels per acre for corn and about 50 for soy bean.

He says the rainy then dry weather this year, slowed things down a bit.

"I think we're actually harvesting more than we thought we were going to, Broulik said.

Because of the government shutdown and a lapse in federal spending, the USDA will not release the U.S crop report that was initially scheduled for this Friday.

A lack of crop report means the board of trade will not have the current numbers on the supply of corn and beans, but some farmers say that's not an issue right now.

"The active traders might get excited as far as it's something to talk about but as far as here on the farm, we pretty much don't want to count our chickens before they hatch, said farmer Russell Meade.

"I'd rather rely on the December report once the harvest is pretty much wrapped up, Meade said.

The farmers I spoke with say they expect to done with harvest in about three weeks.

As for that crop report, we have to wait for the government shutdown to end.
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