Wet weather delaying Missouri harvest

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | 10:16 a.m. CDT; updated 11:00 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 20, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Wet weather is getting the blame as a new report shows Missouri's fall harvest running two weeks to a month behind the normal rate.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 93 percent of Missouri's corn crop has matured, about 14 days behind normal. The corn harvest is 27 days behind the normal pace for mid-October. About 40 percent of the corn crop has been harvested compared with 77 percent in normal years.

The soybean harvest is 22 percent complete, and that's four days behind last year and 13 days behind normal. At this point, 49 percent of the harvest normally is completed.


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