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Soybean Harvest/Fall Planting

"We've got some examples here that show us that some of them are going to be pretty poor quality, and then some of them don't look like they've been hurt."

Jay Wilder has a crop of soybeans next to his cotton crop and the harvest of both has been delayed by the heavy rains over the past few weeks

"I'm sure we're losing some yield, because a few of these beans have started to shatter and what that means is that pod just opens up and the beans just fall on to the ground."

The soybeans will have to be harvested to get an accurate picture of how the crop did.

"These two beans up here at the top of my hand. Those beans look fairly normal, typically might be a little more yellow to them, but you can see these four beans here, like this particular bean has a lot of mold on it."

A little pest called a brown stink bug can cause problems for soybeans.

"They'll intially sting that pod, on soybeans, and then that lets diseases, water, whatever get inside that, and if he actually stings it while there's a bean there, it will make that bean not form to a mature stage."

And harvest isn't the only thing the rains delayed.

" Where we have some cotton, particularly now, we plan on planting wheat. Where we would normally plant wheat the first of November, here it is the twenty sixth or twenty seventh, we don't even have the crop out or the ground anywhere near prepared for that."

And it will also effect the amount of subsoil moisture the land can hold onto from the rains.

"Where we would have land prepared, fall fertilizers put out, that type stuff, beds up to capture as much of this moisture as we can. Now we're going to have to go back in and disturb it, and lose a lot of this"

Around the clock harvesting began earlier this week. I'm Joe Brown, looking at Brazos valley agriculture, from the ground up.


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