AUSTIN, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Cool, wet weather has slowed Minnesota's corn and soybean harvests in the past week.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Minnesota had only three days suitable for fieldwork last week. The corn harvest is only 19 percent complete, well behind the normal 49 percent.
When corn was planted in the spring the many days of rain rotted out the seeds. Once the crop finally had a chance to grow it was hit with long periods of drought.
Larry Gerlach, who farms land on 29th Ave. Southeast near Austin, said his yields were supposed to meet crop insurance yields but they are coming up short.
"This guy I talked to this morning, he's talking pretty much the same yields I got. It's just the way it is. It is what it is, we take what we're given, Not a lot we can do about it," Gerlach said.
The soybean harvest in the area seems to be coming along quite well. According to the latest USDA crop report, the soybean harvest is 80 percent complete, slightly behind the normal 83 percent.
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