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Published October 21, 2013, 07:56 PM

The Farm Report: Farmers have a challenging growing year

Plagued by rain, drought and then rain again, the region's farmers have had a challenging growing year. And now with snow sprinkling into the forecast, farmers are nearing the end of the harvest season. A lot of crops were a month late in the planting phase and now with all the moisture -- it's presenting some challenges in getting the crops out of the ground.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

Plagued by rain, drought and then rain again, the region's farmers have had a challenging growing year. And now with snow sprinkling into the forecast, farmers are nearing the end of the harvest season. A lot of crops were a month late in the planting phase and now with all the moisture -- it's presenting some challenges in getting the crops out of the ground.

Earlier this summer, Northwood soybean farmer, Rick Ostlie, was losing 40 percent of his crops in some fields, but other fields were having excellent harvests. Ostlie is now moving onto harvesting corn which was suffering from July's drought as well, but despite those concerns, Ostlie says the yields should be about average. The only obstacle now is the recent rains. Farmers need to finish the harvest so they can till the ground, because once the ground freezes that won't be possible.

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