Scattered rainfall has created muddy field conditions that are making harvesting a challenge in parts of Minnesota.

Unharvested field neat the Mankato-Eagle Lake line.

Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse said, “Some of the areas that had the heavy rains there about ten days ago – a week, ten days ago – have been able to do very little harvesting and there is starting to be some concerns out there because a lot of the crop has reached maturity. Both corn and soybeans.”

Thiesse explained the current weather pattern, wet followed by an expected warm-up Wednesday, can be especially problematic for soybeans, “And if you can’t get in there and harvest them those pods start to weaken and can start to pop open. I don’t think we are probably to that point yet but, certainly, we need some dry field conditions.”

He said in the region early reports are that soybean yields are, “Average at best.”

As for corn, Theisse said, “I know I talked to one farmer that had taken out a few fields and he said his best field was up near 200 bushels per acre and the poorest field he’d been in was short of 150, so there’s a lot of variation out there.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota that farmers had 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork last week.