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Published September 23, 2010, 01:11 PM

Flooding across southern Minnesota to delay harvest

MANKATO, Minn. — Experts say the flooding across southern Minnesota will delay what farmers had hoped would be an early harvest.

MANKATO, Minn. — Experts say the flooding across southern Minnesota will delay what farmers had hoped would be an early harvest.

Doug Westphal heads the Farm Service Agency office in Blue Earth County of south-central Minnesota. He says it’s going to be at least one or two weeks before farmers can get into flooded fields.

Westphal says that could be a problem for soybeans if the moisture causes pods to pop and the beans to fall out, but the flooding is less of an issue for corn unless stalks rot in the standing water.

Dave Bau, an extension educator in Worthington, says the flooded fields will also delay harvesting in southwestern Minnesota. But he doesn’t except major losses except for a small part of the region’s cropland in low spots that were also drowned out by heavy rain this spring.

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