Harvest Weather

Although this month may not have been as perfect as the past two years for harvesting, it certainly has still been better than many.  The main problem this year was the rain even on October 4 and 5 that brought 1”+ rains to parts of the southern Red River Valley and west central Minnesota as… Read more Harvest Weather


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… Read more Mudfest

Harvest Thoughts

The grain harvest is underway and the sugar beet pre-pile will begin next week.  Full harvest mode may be still a couple of months away, but with these two activities taking place, the thoughts of harvest are now on most people’s minds.  If I had to pick one crop that has the most potential to… Read more Harvest Thoughts

10/2/15: Wet West

There is currently an area of rain in central South Dakota associated with an area of low pressure in the Rocky Mountains.  Because of the counter-clockwise circulation of that low, the rainfall is working generally northward. Radar simulation from the High Resolution Rapid Refresh indicates this as well: Rainfall from this event per the NAM-WRF… Read more 10/2/15: Wet West