Heavy rains continue to impact southern Minnesota leading a considerable amount of standing water and ponding in area farm fields after storms over the weekend.

So far this month in the backyard at the KTOE Studios, we have received 3.29 inches of rain.

Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesee says some farmers in Blue Earth and Nicollet County have received closer to four or five inches of rain.

Farm Management Analyst, Kent Thiesse.

“Fortunately we’ve had a little cooler temperatures which does give the crop a little more time for the water to recede and the crop to recover. You know, I think that’s one of the concerns here this week. There’s several opportunities again to potentially have some heavy downpours and more rain and most of our drainage systems are pretty well capacity and backed-up.”

According to the latest Minnesota USDA Crop Report, topsoil moisture supplies around the state are rated 73-percent adequate. Subsoil moisture levels are 81-percent adequate, with 12-percent in a surplus.

“We continue to have really pretty favorable growing conditions, other than some severe storms with heavy rains and some hail. We’ve had really good growing conditions, so the crop continues to move along.”

If crops are drowned out, Thiesee adds that it’s probably too late to replant corn, although there is still a chance to replant soybeans.

“What farmers need to look at are their crop insurance options, some have replant on them, some may just have to wait and see if they decide not to replant, how that loss affects their overall yield at the end of the year.”

Ninety-seven percent of the corn crop has emerged, nine days ahead of average. Corn conditions are rated 90-percent good to excellent. As for soybeans, 98-percent of the crop has been planted with 87-percent of the crop already emerged. Soybean conditions are 86-percent good to excellent.