Adam Baldwin pulled down the CB radio in his combine.

“I’ll go cut about halfway down and come back to you,” Baldwin said to his grain cart driver. “I can get some more on you, but you’ve got a lot of weight on; probably don’t want to drive out on the field.”

Baldwin paused his soybean harvest Wednesday to cut a field of food-grade white grain sorghum north of McPherson, Kansas before another harvest rain delay. Central Kansas farmers were back in the field this week, after heavy rains early in October delayed harvest about two weeks. Even after a warmer, dry week, many fields were still soft.

“We’re making some tracks, but we haven’t cut any ruts yet,” Baldwin said.

The National Weather Service in Wichita forecasted rains moving in Wednesday night would have accumulations a half an inch or less, but with fields already soft, even slight accumulation could delay farmers further.

“Even if it rains a third of an inch tonight, it could be two soft,” Baldwin said. “I’d say it would set us back a couple of days.”

Twenty-four hour accumulation in McPherson County actually reached over half an inch, according to Kansas Mesonet, with Reno County seeing 0.75 inches of rainfall.

Baldwin said about half of the farm’s soybeans had been harvested, but some fields along the McPherson Valley Wetlands were still too wet to get into. Overall he said the soybean crop has doesn’t appear to have been affected by heavy rainfall and wet conditions.

“We haven’t really seen any pods opening up,” he said. “Overall the beans look to be yielding above average.”

Jenny Burgess, who farms with her husband, Geoff, near Nickerson, said their soybeans are also looking better than expected, but mud has been a problem for them as well.

“All that rain has really saturated the ground underneath, making it difficult to harvest some pieces of ground,” she said.

The Burgesses are currently harvesting soybeans and planting wheat where they can, but overnight rains caused a further delay.

“We haven’t even thought of cutting milo,” Burgess said. “Beans and wheat planting is at the forefront of our mind. We’re still trying to plant wheat, but running into the same issue of mud.”

According to the United States Department of Agriculture Kansas Crop Progress and Condition Report, soybeans were 23 percent harvested, well behind 53 percent last year and 51 percent for the five-year average.

Winter wheat planted was 67 percent, near 63 percent last year, but behind 80 percent for the five-year average.