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By Tyne Morgan,

More than 10,000 John Deere workers have been on strike for five days. Both Deere and United Auto Workers Union (UAW) insist negotiations are ongoing, but the strike is already impacting farmers who are busy with harvest. From sourcing parts to manufacturing tractors and planters, the strike could sting a supply chain that's already strained.

It's the biggest private-sector labor strike in more than two years. From Iowa to Illinois to Georgia, 10,000 hourly Deere workers who are part of the union can be seen picketing outside 14 John Deere manufacturing sites.

The strike comes at a critical time for farmers harvesting and searching for parts. John Deere continues to say it's committed to keep operations going, with local farmers telling Farm Journal that salaried employees are being recruited to backfill vacancies on production floors.

"John Deere is committed to a favorable outcome for everyone involved and is committed to reach an agreement with UAW," a John Deere spokesperson told Farm Journal. "Our immediate concern is meeting the needs of our customers, who work in time-sensitive and critical industries, such as agriculture and construction, and also to protect the livelihoods of others who rely on us, including employees, dealers, suppliers and communities."

UAW hadn't responded to Farm Journal as of Monday afternoon, saying negotiations were ongoing.

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