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Fall Harvest - 2009: Dry weather needed now

October 23, 2009
From Wayne Schoper, Brown/Nicollet Extension Educator

As of this writing, October 20th, over half of the soybeans and probably 75 percent of the corn remains to be harvested. The cool July weather that was pleasant from the aspect that we did not have any days with temperatures over 90 degrees meant that crop development lagged behind. We had some rain in August and September which helped finish what looks to be a pretty good harvest. Then came October. We have had an unprecedented run of cool wet weather that has really set back the 2009 harvest. The moisture was needed to recharge the soil moisture profile. But we are at a point now where we need to have some dry, warm weather to get the crop out of the field and get some tillage done yet this fall. We are not at a truly critical point just yet but it is fast approaching.



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