AUDIO: Cool temps slow corn harvest

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Oct 24, 2013 at 5:43 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) Mother nature is providing more challenges to area farmers trying to get their corn crop harvested.

In their latest weekly crop report, USDA says 95-percent of Minnesota's corn crop is mature, but only 19-percent of the harvest is complete.

Dan Martens--University of Minnesota agriculture extension agent--says these have been tough drying conditions, with the damp and cold weather we've had.

Martens says we're past the point where a hard freeze will do any damage. In fact, he says the coled temps might help firm up soft fields and help aid the dry-down of unharvested corn.

The soybean harvest is more advanced. USDA says it is 80-percent complete--slightly behind the normal 83 percent. 

Martens says cold weather hasn't helped the corn crop dry out

Martens says good drying weather can be hard to come by this time of year

Martens says in most cases, farmers are no longer worried about a hard freeze

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