Labor Day rain helps fields in central Kansas

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Labor day weekend brought some heavy rains to parts of central Kansas, leaving behind inches of water in farmers’ fields.

If you take a walk through Kevin Mauler’s corn field, you’ll find some corn ready to be harvested any day.

“Yeah, we’re probably 16 around and 42 long something like that,” Mauler said while showing his corn.

But, you’ll also find yourself walking through puddles of water.

“This weekend it all came pretty fast, and it didn’t have a lot time to set,” Mauler said. “We got more rain this weekend than in the month of August.”

Mauler said his field received about five inches of rain. However, those five inches didn’t do much damage.

“The corn has a hard waxy kernel, so it doesn’t absorb any moisture from the air and the rain.”

Instead, the rain helped his soy beans and sorghum more than anything else.

“The soy beans and the sorghum, this has been a life saver for the dry land acres there where it’s going to be able to fill the last top third of the beans,” he said. “Fill them pods up to give us some extra bushells here.”

But with the extra amount of rain this past weekend, and possibly continuing throughout the week, Mauler said he’s going to have to wait to harvest his corn until the water recedes, so his equipment doesn’t get stuck.

“It’s muddy for the combine and the trucks to get in and out of the field,” he said. “We’ll have to leave the trucks on the edge of the field and run grain carts out there. That will put some extra stress on the equipment.”

But overall, he said rain is a good thing.

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