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Harvest season brings new challenges for Iowa farmers

Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 7:30 AM CDT
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BLOOMFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) - It’s harvesting season for farmers around the state of Iowa, but this year looks a bit different.

Local farmer Roger Wuthrich says in his 45 years of farming this year has no doubt come with its own set of challenges saying, “It has, it’s been a challenge because you don’t expect a Covid situation when the markets to drop for a reason you never thought could happen.”

Wuthrich says the ongoing pandemic has created longer hours for farmers along with a shift in strategies during this busy time. But, the pandemic wasn’t the only thing to upend farmers this year. Many farms and crops were severely damaged and left with nothing following a derecho in Central Iowa back in August, but it did help give a leg-up for local farmers in the area.

Wuthrich said: “It does help a little bit, but I think it’s more the international market, China is buying more grain, the dollar is cheaper. The whole world’s situation has changed.”

He says there are lots of factors that have contributed around the world to the current grain market which has been a bit of a boost for local farmers during these unforeseen times.

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