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Published December 09, 2009, 03:00 PM

Rest of Iowa corn harvest may wait until spring

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers with corn still in the field will probably have to wait until spring to harvest it — if it's still standing.

By: Associated Press , Worthington Daily Globe

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers with corn still in the field will probably have to wait until spring to harvest it — if it's still standing.

Combining with an inch or two of snow on the ground is possible, but deep drifts are another thing.

Bob Busch of rural Waverly said Tuesday's winter storm means he will probably leave nearly 100 acres unharvested. But Busch says he is confident his fields will make it through the winter with minimal losses.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 6 percent of corn in Iowa still is standing, or about 800,000 acres. According to a University of Wisconsin study, corn harvested in April will yield 24 percent less than in October. Losses are even higher if combined in the winter, with a high of 65 percent in March.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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