Rain Causing Harvest Headaches

October 4, 2010 07:24 AM
Rain Causing Harvest Headaches


During harvest this year, many farmers have needed to pack raincoats instead of sunscreen. For the past few months, rainy reports have been flowing into AgWeb’s Crop Comments.
A farmer from Dinwiddie, Va., reports his area has received nearly 8” of rain over the past five days. “Hopes of a quick and easy harvest are now disappearing as there is more rain in the forecast,” the farmer says.
In McLeod County, Minn., a farmer reports a lot of rain is washing across the area. “You don’t have to get very far south of here and the rain totals and the damage really starts to add up. Went for a drive today and saw many thousands of acres under several feet of water. Town and roads are flooded out and people are sandbagging. Every low spot we saw had water standing well above the tops of the beans and corn cobs were submerged in the flooded water.”
A southern Minnesota farmer, from Jackson County, says excessive rain has really put a squeeze on this year’s yields. “We were looking at record yields, now I’m sure they will be popping out of the pods. All of southern Minnesota is in the same shape.”
A farmer from Allen County, Kan., says rainfall totaled during a three-week span 12.5” that stopped corn harvest dead in its tracks. “The ground is firming up and corn harvesting has moved into full swing all be it in mud.”
“Since the end of May it has done nothing but rain, rain, rain. We are very tired of getting rain!” says a farmer from northwestern Taylor County, Wis.
In Lancaster County, Pa., a farmer could have used rain earlier in the season to help soybean development. “A mix of green beans and VERY small beans make for a difficult combine setup,” the farmer says. “The beans had only about an inch of rain the last 10 weeks. Just another inch of rain before Labor Day would have made a significant difference.”
A farmer in Fulton and Miami counties, Indiana says a rain would be a welcome site in his area. “It would knock a few leaves off and help with a recharge,” the farmer says. “We just don't what our fellow farmers received in Minnesota and Wisconsin.”
How about you? How is your harvest progressing? E-mail your report to CropComments@agweb.com.

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