Farmers Concerned About Wet Autumn

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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.

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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.
 

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