Shop Work at Harvest Time

With harvest in full swing, farmers are in the fields and also in the shop.
At the farm of Corey Goodhue, maintenance is a big deal before harvest. This morning, he was working on putting stalk stompers on, which push corn stalks down while driving through the field so it doesn't puncture or scratch the tires.
He points to a scratched tire only five days old, "You can see on this back tire, there's a good bit of damage in this area and that's where a row of stocks directly impacts it. So it sneaks through the front duals here. So, it's pretty good stock health."
Other maintenance is also important, the Goodhues are getting ready to switch from corn to beans, so there are fewer bushels per acre going through the combine. That gives them some time to fix things.

Goodhue says, "Basically you have to allot an hour every morning for fueling and grease service, anything you caught the day before, it's just kind of the nature of the beast. You run hard continuously that you do have to take a little bit of time to keep everything in good working order."

Goodhue says he's seeing solid yields and they are about halfway done on harvesting corn and beans.
Statewide, that puts them ahead on beans but behind on corn according to the Iowa Crop Progress report.
With the majority of corn mature, 33% of the corn crop is now harvested, about a week behind the five-year average. Moisture content is averaging around 18% with conditions at 82% good or excellent.
Over in beans, most of them are also mature and 62% of beans have been harvested in the state, also about a week behind the average.