Cool, wet weather hampers harvest

Published 9:35 am Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cold, wet weather continues to hamper Minnesota farmers as they work on the fall harvest.

Only 3 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, compared with 17 percent at this time last year and the five-year average of 31 percent.

Soybeans were 34 percent harvested, compared with 81 percent last year and an 83 percent average.

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Hayward farmer David Paulson said he’s been able to harvest soybeans the last few days. He said farmers are now hoping dry, sunny weather will continue.

“We need a good run in this weather,” he said.

Paulson said he harvested some corn, and so far it’s very wet and the quality isn’t as good as he’d like. One reason for the poor quality is the lack of summer heat.

Since the corn is wet, Paulson said additional costs will likely go into drying the corn. That drying could likely prolong the harvest.

“There will be a lot of drying. There will be a lot of propane used.”