Farmers are always at the mercy of the weather and this fall farmers across Burnett County are dealing with the extreme wetness in the soil and may be harvesting well into December.
Supervisor Duane Johnson recently said that the average farmer in this region is about three-four weeks behind in the harvest where they normally would be.
“I think most of the farmers will be busy until Christmas,” Johnson said. “The corn is wet and the fields are wet.”
Johnson, a farmer in the Town of Dewey, said he will have to wait for the field to freeze before he can get onto the fields.
He added, “Some dairy farms were supposed to harvest in September and they just got to it last week.”
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) released their weekly crop report and said last week had four days suitable for field work across the state.
The report continues to explain that soaking rains on Monday started another week with an unwanted bump to soil moistures.
“However, with winter incoming, farmers had little choice but to harvest corn and soybeans in spite of poor field conditions. Rutting, soil compaction, and stuck machinery were reportedly still widespread as farmers battled the relentless mud.”
A Barron farmer told the USDA, “Week started out frustratingly wet, but by midweek field operations were in full swing. Lots of soybeans coming off under 20 percent moisture. Corn silage chopping wrapping up. Some high moisture corn grain being taken and even some dry corn grain reports. Very little fall tillage and many scrambling to get manure pits down, so lots of manure being spread.”
Then a report from Rusk and Sawyer County said, “Rusk County received 1 to 3 inches of rain this week depending on where you are located. Most likely no one in fields for any harvesting for another week or two if we don’t get any more rain.”
A St. Croix farmer summed it up for the whole region, “Farmers very frustrated that they haven’t been able to get in the fields.”