Harvest is in full swing in Dunn County, with farmers trying to cope with a late harvest.
By Pat Ratliff
“We’re so far behind,” Becky Buchmann, Extension Agent, NDSU Extension Service, Agricultural and Natural Resources, said. “We had a late start getting planted from the wet spring.”
Farmer Shane Olson, who farms spring wheat, agrees.
“We’re running a couple of weeks behind this year,” he said. “We’ve had a cool summer, with a lot of temperatures in the 70’s, and a wet spring that put us behind planting.
“We had 18 inches of snow in April, that left us three to four weeks behind.”
That said, things are looking pretty good.
“The yields are looking pretty good,” Olson said. “They’re a little above average.”
But Olson notes the time for harvesting is getting critical.
“After Labor Day, the days are getting shorter,” he said. “There’s not too much time to combine.”
There are some quality problems showing up in some of the local grain crops also, namely ergot.
“There’s a lot of grain coming in with ergot,” Brian Fadness, with Southwest Grain said. “The problem is it’s allowed in such miniscule amounts.”
Fadness said the problem seems to affect by area, with some areas having more than others.
But the price is looking good too.
“Currently, (Wednesday at noon) the Minneapolis futures have jumped up,” Fadness said. “But they’ll probably work lower.
“It looks like some big crops out there, and big crops in Canada too.
“The protein is spreading out too, the high protein is going to be worth more.”
As of Wednesday at noon, grain prices were $6.87 per bushel for 14 percent protein.