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Snow and rain don't stop farmers' harvests

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ADAMS COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) - Many area farmers harvested their corn and soybeans before the cold snap, but a few are still working the fields. Agriculture experts said this first taste of snow isn't helping farmers get finished any faster.  

Officials at the Ursa Farmers Co-op said soybeans would be affected the most.Commercial grain merchandiser Scott Meyer said soybean farmers will have to wait a day or two to harvest, because soybeans hold more moisture than corn.

He said frozen soil is good for harvesting because it makes it easier to drive the heavy machinery. Despite the recent rain and snow, he said the ground hasn't been overly saturated. 

"We came in fairly dry because the end of summer was dry, but we're still firm enough," Meyer said. "Guys are actually doing some tillage work, and we're finishing up harvest."

Meyer said if the weather holds out, harvest could be done by next week.  


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