Rain delays harvest, planting for Sedgwick County farmer

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Extra moisture in the month of October has delayed John Bergkamp’s northwest Sedgwick County farming operation.

“From harvesting to planting next year’s wheat crop, we’re far behind on wheat planting and behind on soybean harvest as well,” Bergkamp said.

The wet ground poses problems for farming equipment and can cause deep ruts to form in the fields. With the lowered temperatures, the ground isn’t drying up at the same rate as it did this summer.

“A quarter or half-inch right now is like getting one to two inches in the middle of the summer,” Bergkamp said.

If harvest is further delayed, there could be crops that Bergkamp doesn’t get to put in the ground this year. His eyes are to the skies over the next few days.

“We’re hoping that we miss it. Hope we get a break here soon,” Bergkamp said.

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