After last week’s rain, farmers are hoping to get back in their fields and get caught up on the fall harvest. According to the National Weather Service, they’ll get their wish, as forecasts call for sunny, warm days and clear nighttime skies into the weekend.
October just reached the halfway mark but has already become the eighth wettest on record with nearly five inches of rain falling on the region. Normally, October only sees about two inches of precipitation over the entire 31-day month.
But that extra moisture has kept farmers out of their fields and kept soybeans and corn from drying out. According to the USDA, less than 10 percent of the corn crop has been harvested in Minnesota and Wisconsin, compared to nearly 30 percent at this time last year.