Wet Weather In South Dakota Delays Harvest

"We're about, maybe about half done with the corn and half done with the beans, which is a little unusual," Leola farmer Scott Schauer said.

Beans would typically be done, Schauer says, and corn harvest at least half done this time of year. Harvest should come to an end when October does, he said.

This year’s harvest is a couple weeks behind in the northeast part of the state. Weather could further delay it.

"It's just farming; that's how I describe it," Schauer said. "That's just the way it is. Just expect it."

Schauer isn't alone. The latest USDA crop report shows corn and soybean farmers in South Dakota went into this week behind schedule.

When the USDA released the report Monday, corn harvest was 31 percent complete. That’s 13 percent less than an average year. Soybean harvest was 75 percent complete, three percent less than an average year.

That contrasts with last year when farmers were ahead, but it's not the worst in recent years either.

"All I can say is, it's better than '09. We started November 1 in everything so it's better than '09," Schauer said.

Now it's a matter of waiting for fields to dry as farmers keep busy with other chores.

"Just catch-up and maintenance on machinery and some paperwork and so forth," Schauer said.

Yields are down in much of the northeast compared with last year as well. In his area, Schauer says beans are closer to average than corn, but both crops are below average.

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