How was the harvest season for Tri-State farmers?

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Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 8:35 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - Harvest season is wrapping up. While some Tri-State farmers had a decent year, others have struggled due to weather, spiking fertilizer prices and machinery issues.

Joe Kendrick is a soybean and corn farmer in Northeast Missouri who said Tuesday he still has 40 acres of soybeans and 220 acres of corn to harvest.

“For the most part there is a little, some fall work happening and in preparation there is some fertilizer, some dry fertilizer being put down,” Kendrick said.

Kendrick said this year’s yields were lower than what he was expecting, due to a lack of rain and issues with equipment breaking down.

He said he is going to average 35 to 40 bushels of soybeans per acre, compared to his usual 60.

“Our yields are kind of disappointing. Not a failure by any means but not what we kinda had hoped for at one point through the summer,” Kendrick said.

Adams County Farm Bureau Manager Shawn Valter said this year’s harvest was pretty average, but next year’s could be worse.

“What we are looking at for next year are very high input prices. There’s a lot of factors going into that,” Valter said.

One factor includes the supply shortage that’s impacting people in all fields of work. Another is the John Deere employee strike.

Kendrick said despite all the setbacks he faced this harvest, he will be ready to work hard next year.

“As bad as it may seem, we’ll do it again next year. It’s just the farmer way,” Kendrick said.

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