Snow, rain delays harvest for Reno county farmer

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“There’s a lot of Milo down under the snow as well,” Reno county farmer Geoffrey Burgess said. “So once it’s broken off and down there, it’s very hard to get in, combine and get it harvested.”

Friday afternoon was supposed to be a productive day for Burgess and his family, but due to the amount of moisture and snow on the ground, he said it was a bust.

“In the middle of October, we had nine inches of rain and four inches of snow,” he said. “And since then, in November we had several more.”

And while moisture is typically something farmers want, Burgess said this season’s weather has hurt more than helped.

“We normally look to be finished with Fall harvest by Thanksgiving. And here we are almost to the first of December,” Burgess said.

The recent, harsh winter conditions has made his Milo bend, snap and break.

But that’s not the only thing broken

“The wet weather has been pretty hard on the equipment,” he said. “We’ve been getting stuck a lot. Last night, I slid into a manhole and rolled a point on the header.”

Currently, he said he’s not too concerned with how the crop is going to end up since Milo is pretty tough, but he did say wheat could be jeopardy.

“A lot of the area farmers are probably down 15 to 20 percent on their acres just because they couldn’t’ get over the ground,” Burgess said. “Now, it’s too late and too cold to be planting anymore.”

For now, he said he’s closing his shed and hoping for some sunshine.

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