Farmers worry about moisture and soybean harvest

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Soybeans are a valuable crop. Bob Klein, Western Nebraska Crop Specialist, said that the delayed harvest has caused the market to strengthen a little. "It gave it a little strength - not a lot, but every little bit helps," he said.
He explained that soybean breeders have improved the stem strength so that plants do not fall over easily, but that the improved stems stand well, but they do not dry out as well.
And Nebraska is seeing a lot of moisture for this time of year. Soybean producer Mark Miller of North Platte said that he recorded 12 inches of rain and some hail over the past two weeks on his property. He explained why that is a problem;
"You get moisture and that bean will swell inside that pod. And they open up. That pod will open up, and the bean goes on the ground and then there is no way to get it. So, that's one reason we're needing to get in and get 'em harvested. Before that pod opens and them beans go on the ground."
Miller said, " The fields are saturated right now, and that the plants are really tough. We cannot thrash the pod to get the beat out, and there is too much moisture for the elevators to accept the soybeans."
Another concern is the planting of winter wheat. Miller said that many farmers have not been able to get into the fields.
Mark Spurgin of Paxton timed his winter wheat planting just right. He said that he still has some more to plant, plus some custom work, but that by following the calendar and putting the wheat he has planted in dry ground worked out well this time.
He said his wheat is doing well. "The conditions are ideal now for the wheat in the ground. The first planting was risky - hitting dry soil."
Producers hope for a few dry, warm, windy days to help get some of the moisture down so that they can get into fields - for soybeans, and for winter wheat.