Farmers fight through wet October for harvest

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By Tim McNicholas

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Updated: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:41:19 CST

This is the 3rd wettest October in the history of Hastings.

And the 11th wettest for Grand Island.

October's first rainfall was welcomed by farmers after a dry summer.

But 4.6 inches later, enough is enough.

"Do we wish that it would kind of hold off for a little bit? Absolutely,” UNL Extension Educator Ron Seymour said.

“The rainfall has definitely slowed them down."

Slowing them down, but not stopping farmers from getting the job done.

Seymour says about 80 percent of the soybeans are out and farmers are starting to work on their corn.

Central Nebraska's farmers typically don't have many problems with rainfall because they've had to deal with it so many times in the past.

It's a snowfall that would be truly detrimental.

"It does tend to cause the stalks to fall more readily than if you just had rain,” Seymour said.

No snow is in the forecast this week.

And the folks at Midwest Soil Sampling are thankful for that.

A snowfall is the last thing they want.

"We're kind of hoping for dry weather and warm weather,” regional manager Jake Hofman said.

Hofman can't get in to sample soil until the crops are out of the field.

He's hoping things will stay dry through December.

To Hofman, things could be worse.

"I'm not going to complain about rain. It would have been nicer to have it a little bit earlier in the year but we'll take it."

The 6.16 inches in 2008 remains Hastings' highest October totals.