Weather taking toll on harvest

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Weather taking toll on harvest

A field of sunflowers east of Timber Lake stands ready for harvest, which has been long delayed.

The fall of 2019 will be one that farmers remember — and not in a good way.

Bill Knowlton at Northern Plains CHS in Isabel says it’s the worst he’s seen in at least ten years.

This is a disaster for the farmers,” he said. “Normally we are two-thirds done with harvest now or close to done. This year has been different.”

“Conditions are very wet and muddy making it very difficult to harvest fall crops,” said Mike Huber, agronomist at Agtegra in McLaughlin. “Normally we are 80 to 90 percent done with harvest by mid-November. We are lucky if we are at 30% complete this year.”

Huber said about 15% of the spring wheat crop was never harvested because of ergot, scab and low falling numbers, all caused by the wet summer and fall.

A few dry days may not be enough to remedy the situation.



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