Rains delay soy bean harvest
The rain brought in by Hurricane Sandy has caused a major delay for P.E.I. soybean farmers trying to harvest their crop.
The fields are too wet for the combines and the moisture content in the beans is too high. Some farmers now have to wait to harvest their crop while others are spending big money to dry their beans.
David Moll, president of the Island Grains and Proteins Council, said he still has half his crop in the ground. He spoke to CBC News Tuesday from his combine.
"There is approximately 30 to 35 per cent of the soy bean crop is still out across the Island," said Moll.
"We do need for everyone to get their crop in in good shape, oh, about 10 days of harvesting weather yet."
Good harvesting weather involves cooler temperatures and a good breeze, with low humidity. Frost helps take some moisture out of the air and lowers the moisture content in the beans. Moll said 4,000 to 6,000 hectares of soybeans are still out across the Island.
In the short term, with rain coming overnight and Thursday, the forecast does not look good, but farmers can expect some dryer weather over the weekend and into next week.