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Harvest season underway in Tri-States, farmers say moving fast is important

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PIKE COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Harvest season is officially underway in the Tri-States. Farmers are getting in their combines and heading to the fields to start shelling corn after what they're calling a decent growing season.

Farmers said they're hoping to stay ahead of the game, as they said something could happen at any time that could make their harvest worthless.

"As [I] always say it may be a good crop but it's not in the bin yet well until it's in the bin you don't have anything to show for it. So, if the crop is ready and we have the equipment we feel like we need to be out there and getting it done," said Pike county, Illinois farmer Ted Schwartz.

He said he and his family have been harvesting corn for a few days now, he said even though moisture has some people waiting a little longer, he says they're equipped to get it done now.

"The moisture is around 22-24%. So we're hauling into our own green bins and using our own dryer. But we're getting along pretty good, making good progress," said Schwartz.

Schwartz said getting corn out of the field and into bins fast is critical, especially this year with hundreds of thousands of acres being damaged by wind storms across Iowa.

He said that kind of scare can happen anywhere, any time.

"My brother Tom saw some smoke. Then we got a call from the fire department and 911 so he rushed over there," said Schwartz.

He said a fire off highway 72 Thursday next to his field had him concerned luckily, fire crews put it out quickly.

"If you get a fire in a cornfield it could wipe the cornfield out within a few minutes, especially with the sun and wind we have today," said Schwartz.

He said right now, the focus is moving fast

"Every sunshiny day in september is worth about two dreary days in november," said Schwartz.

"Market prices have come up, which is not normal for this time of year, but with the wind event taking out hundreds of thousands of acres, and china seems to be buying," said Schwartz, commenting on how he's optimistic about prices he'll get for crops in the coming weeks.

Schartz said as far as beans go, some farmers may start harvesting next week, but he says most will be starting in the last week of September or first of October, as they're still waiting for them to mature and more of the leaves to fall off.

Farmers in Adams county said they're still waiting a little longer to start pulling corn. They say they expect to get started in about a week.

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