The past 48 hours have been tough on southern Minnesota and northern Iowan agriculture.  Widespread 2-4 inch rain amounts were recorded on Tuesday and Wednesday evening with localized 10 inch amounts.  That rainfall will likely keep soil conditions very moist right through harvest and make drying out very difficult.  From this point on even light rain when mixed with such high soil moisture content will quickly saturate the soil.  From farmers I know in that area there is already concern that they may have to wait until freeze up to harvest.  In our area, the rains were very light and the system that is coming in today and tomorrow does have more potential, but right now it appears that western North Dakota will probably get the heavier amounts.

Daryl Ritchison