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Snow next week could be trouble for soybean Farming

AUSTIN, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Believe it or not, even though it's only October, we could see some snow this weekend.  And a snow shower could cause more issues for area soybean farmers.

Farmers are at a standstill this weekend.  In order for the soybean pods to be harvested they need to be dry enough to pop out of the pods in the combine.  Snow early next week would not only make it harder for the combines to run, but would also moisten the pods.

On the other hand, the cold that brings the snow helps the plants with frost like this morning.

Corey Hansen has a farm in Austin, and he is embracing the chill.

"The hill tops and the dryer areas of the field the beans are mature and ready for harvest.  The lower areas that had moisture the green leaves are still hanging on and the beans are kind of fat and green still, and that will help dry those green ones down," says Hansen.

Farmers can harvest up until Christmas time if the weather permits.  Farmers like Corey are already a month behind, so a few snow showers next week would be the last thing they need.

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