Small-grain harvest behind schedule

Farmers frustrated by soggy fields, below-average crop yields

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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 6:00 am

Area farmers typically hope to wrap up their small-grain harvest by September.

However, with late planting this spring and wet conditions this week, the harvest likely will extend past Labor Day.

“Things have been going as best as Mother Nature will let us,” said Alyssa Scheve, Traill County Extension agent. “We’ve had quite a few delays.”

Local barley, wheat and oat fields have been the first to be harvested this August, but due to delays and inconsistent growing weather, yields and maturity are behind recent seasons.

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