Rains which have fallen this month have kept farmers out of the fields more than they have been in them.


It’s slow and wet.

When it comes to harvest, those are two words producers do not want to hear, especially at the end of October.

Rains which have fallen this month have kept farmers out of the fields more than they have been in them.

Soybeans still remain in the fields in large numbers. Some have estimated in the area of50 percent of the soybean crop still remained in area fields as of Friday morning.

The problem added to the wet fields is the high amount of moisture in the air.

“With beans the dew or frost in the morning is picked up as moisture,”?said Ben Fast, director for Redwood County FSA.

The high moisture content means higher drying costs for producers, or it means getting docked at the elevator.

The wet crop has meant a number of fuel trucks have been out on the road more often, which only increases the inputs for farmers facing already tight margins.

According to Byron Hogberg, director of Renville County FSA, the issues there are similar.

“Everything is way behind,”?he said, adding he thought as of last week in the area of 5 percent of the corn crop had been harvested. Yes, there have been times at the end of October when most farmers are wrapping this up for the year.

Hogberg said in addition to large amounts of corn and beans still in the field a greater concern is the number of sugar beets still to harvest.

“Sugar beets are vulnerable to frost,”?he said, adding many farmers recall the 200 season when early frost did significant damage to that crop.

While things are certainly behind, Hogberg said thing shave not reached panic mode yet. What farmers need is a window of time when the sun shines to get that crop out.

There is still time to get that done, but the window is closing.

“If we don’t get a big snowstorm the situation should be OK,”?Hogberg said.

Even last year, said Hogberg, there were some farmers harvesting corn in the spring.

Those who have had the chance to get the crop out fot he field have been pleasantly surprised by the yields, especially in those areas where the rain came a little more consistently during the growing season.

Fest said he has heard bean yields in the 35 up to 50 bushels per acre area.

Hogberg said he has heard some of the corn crop coming out has varied from 120-200 bushels per acre.

“On the farms where the soil is heavier the yields have been a lot higher,”?said Hogberg.

Until the majority of the crop is out, there may be a lot of sleepless nights in Redwood and Renville counties.