County taking steps to address mud on roads during harvest

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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2019 6:00 am

A small number of sugar beet growers continue to ignore a Traill County law requiring farmers to clean up after themselves after leaving mud and debris on roads during fall harvest, county commissioners said Tuesday.

The Traill County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday debated how to tackle the issue, including whether to ask sheriff’s deputies to stop violators during harvest.

County Commissioner Kurt Elliott of Blanchard said he’s not in favor of shutting down beet haulers who are trying to get crops from their fields quickly.

However, he said he wants farmers to sign prepared statements agreeing that they’ll return county roadways to their original condition if a mess gets left behind.

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