The snow began melting Friday, but still brought concerns to area farmers who have experienced multiple delays this fall harvest.
Rain, high humidity and more have kept farmers out of fields, and many still had crops to get in when the snow began to stick. Wheat growers also raced to get wheat planted before the blanket of snow came.
Jenny and Geoff Burgess, who farm in Reno and Rice counties, nearly finished planting wheat but still have 450 acres of grain sorghum in the field. Jenny Burgess said the snow could have damaged the crop.
“If the snow’s too heavy and it gets too windy, it will break it,” Burgess said Thursday as snow continued to fall.
According to the National Weather Service in Wichita, the McPherson area saw 5 inches of snow, with 3.5 inches seen in Hesston.
“We still have soybeans and sorghum left,” Adam Baldwin said. “It’s not good, it increases the odds of lodging, or falling down. So far, though, everything has kept standing.”
Luckily for producers, the snow did not stick around for long.
Snow brings further delays to harvest, even if crops aren’t damaged. In parts of central Kansas, farmers were still battling soft fields from the last rainfall. Baldwin, who farms in McPherson County, has battled wet fields this fall.
“The biggest issue with the snow is it delays the ground drying out,” he said. “We are still fighting quite a bit of mud.”
According to Kansas Mesonet, soil moisture in McPherson is at 85 percent saturation at 5 centimeters down. Continued moisture will extend an already long harvest season.