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Local Farmers Wait for Delayed Harvest

With a soggy spring and dry summer, area farmers have had to be extra optimistic this year.
PRINCEVILLE - With a soggy spring and dry summer, area farmers have had to be extra optimistic this year.

"This is not really a disaster here. It's just going to be less than we expected," said Princeville farmer Floyd Streitmatter.

At a time when farmers are usually gearing up to harvest, Streitmatter is facing delays. Flooding this spring backed up planting and this summer crops have baked under high temperatures with little rain.

"The beans need it in August. The corn needs it in July," he said.

Streitmatter said there was enough moisture this year for the ears to fill out and even though some of his leaves are brown and dry, he said it's still better than last year.

"Overall the corn is going to be better county-wide,” Streitmatter said. “Weather is hurting the beans more than it is hurting the corn right now."

While his soy beans are usually waist-high in September, this year they barely top his knees.

"Don’t really have the height to them. There are 34 pods on there. Normally I would probably think there should be probably about 50."

Streitmatter said his corn is as good as it's going to get, but he's hoping Mother Nature will grant him a little last minute rain to boost the beans.

Streitmatter said he usually starts to harvest around September 15th. This year he says the process will start in October.
 
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