CONTINUING COVERAGE: FLOODS OF 2016

Combines Get Rolling In Early Harvest

The Iowa Crop Progress report says 80 percent of corn has dented and 14 percent has matured, but in central Iowa, combines are already rolling out.

It's not the earliest Kevin Smith with Smith Fertilizer and Grain has ever combined corn, but it might be a first for this field.

Smith says, "Seems weird to be out this early but if it's time it's time."

On one side of the street the field is green, on the other, it's ready to go.

In the first week of September, Kevin Smith and his dad are harvesting 102 day corn planted in early April. The monitor is reading 20 to 21 percent moisture, which Smith says is perfect for shelling corn.

And the corn is pulling some solid numbers, "It's not as good as last year but it's above average, this is making between 190 and 200."

The rows he's on are three-quarter miles, he can't go down the entire line without unloading some grain.

But despite the early start, Smith says he's still worried about the start of the season, "For me the biggest thing is people on the road, the first time out, they're not used to having you out there and machines nowadays are so big that they take up so much of the road. You try to get over and give them as much room as you can but sometimes you have no place to go to."

Smith says by the middle of the season most people are used to combines on the roads.