As with the corn harvest, farmers are finding soybean yields varying from field to field near the Quad-Cities because of this year’s drought.

That is what Darryl Westphal found as he helped his father, Don Westphal, harvest soybeans Wednesday near Eldridge. The yield is also expected to be lower.

“Better than expected,” Darryl Westphal described. “There are some good spots and bad spots. It’s not up to the average, but it could be worse.”

Soybean yields are expected to be 43.5 bushels an acre, 24.3 percent less than last year in Iowa’s east-central region, which includes the Quad-Cities, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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In Illinois’ northwest region, which includes the Quad-Cities, soybean yields are forecast to be 49 bushels an acre, down 14.9 percent from the 2011 harvest.