Farmers Concerned About Wet Autumn

Farmers Concerned About Wet Autumn Photo: Submitted by Michael Stanga

October 16, 2017 11:46 AM

A wet autumn has some Minnesota farmers up against the clock as they deal with a delayed harvest amid approaching winter weather.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that harvesting soybeans and other crops in a soggy field can compact the soil, which may stunt the growth of crops in the next growing season.

Advertisement

Farmers said they're concerned that pushing the harvest too late can run the chance of snow. And even if crops get harvested before winter, farmers say there's a chance soybeans and corn will be wet, causing mold and fungus to grow.
    
A climatologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said the weather trend is toward heavier rains.

He said climatologists are researching whether October's rains are part of a changing pattern fueled by climate change.
 

Credits

Associated Press

(Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Advertisement

Huge Tax Bill Heads for Passage as GOP Senators Fall in Line

McNally Smith Shuts Down, Leaving Students and Staff Scrambling

North High Athletic Director, Former Viking Leo Lewis on Administrative Leave

No Charges in St. Paul Police Shooting That Left Man Dead

Earthquake Rattles Indonesia's Java Island, 2 Dead

U of M Changes Sexual Misconduct Reporting Requirements

Advertisement