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Rain is hurting harvest season

Delaying harvest season is causing real stress for area farmers.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2018 7:35 AM
Updated: Oct. 16, 2018 2:38 PM

CLAREMONT, Minn. – Despite crop reports showing farmers are about a week ahead of last year when it comes to harvesting, rain in this week’s forecast is still causing some real problems.

Bruce Schmoll is a farmer in Claremont. Driving around his farm, he sees parked harvesting machinery and puddles.

“You know at that point the soil is saturated and really getting soft,” he said. “It's going to take a good week for those type of conditions to dry up.”

Southeastern Minnesota is seeing 2-4 inches of rain this week, which puts a halt to harvesting. Schmoll said this could have a real financial impact since many farmers forward contract their soybean and corn deliveries for fall.

“If we're unable to meet those contracts in time, it can impact your cashflow,” he said.

And by just how much? Well, Schmoll explains soybeans are about $7.50 a bushel. He has about 60 bushels an acre and 500 acres. That’s about $225,000 on the line while he waits for conditions to clear up.

“There's a sense of urgency to get both crops harvested as soon as possible,” he said. “Snow isn't too far away and if you happen to get an early, major snow storm, that can bring harvest to a stand still fairly quickly.”

Not being able to collect the crops can also impact next year’s planting season since many farmers purchase seeds based on their harvest. The water can also cause compacted soil.

“There are so many things that go hand and hand. it is causing quite a bit of concern. We're all just eager to get out there and get things done at this point,” Schmoll said.

He has to wait even after the rain stops for the fields to dry out. He expects to be back in the fields, harvesting crops in about a week.

To look at Minnesota's crop reports, click here

To look at Iowa's crop reports, click here

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