Rains hurt farmers

October 26, 2017

By John Raffel

Heavy rainfall earlier this week is likely to have an immediate impact on farmers, Osceola County MSU extension agent Jerry Lindquist said.

“We’re in the middle of the grain stage harvest as far as corn and soybeans go,” Lindquist said. “This wet weather will slow down that harvest. We’ve got muddy fields, wet crops right now. We’ll have to let some of that moisture leave the field. Then we can get back out there and harvest.

“But it’s going to delay our harvesting at least almost a week now with the quantity of rain we got.”

There is some slight benefit from the amount of rainfall.
10-27-17 Flooded farm
“It recharges our groundwater a little bit,” Lindquist said. “It’s late in the season so it doesn’t do as much and we would have liked to have seen this two months earlier. We’ll take it and maybe it will benefit us a little bit over the winter. We saw four to five inches and that’s quite a volume. The fields will stay muddy for the rest of the fall, now. It slows down the harvest.”

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