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Cool Weather Hurts Soybean Crop


A cold summer has taken it's toll on some crops in North Dakota.
The temperature in July averaged only 70 degrees.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin shows you one crop that had a little trouble handling a cold night. 

The night of July 27th the air in the Hazelton area got a chilly.  
Cold enough to challenge this bean crop.
(John Schmidt / Farmer) "There's going to be some survivors. And you look up the hill, it's leave burn, down here you might see some dead plants." 
John Schmidt farms near Hazelton. 
Schmidt says the thermometer in the yard read 35 degrees--even colder in low areas.
Schmidt says in all his years of farming, he can't ever remember the temperature in July getting cold enough to do this damage to his soybeans.
And those cold temps didn't just hurt an acre or two--Schmidt estimates more than 100 acres were burned.
(John Schmidt / Farmer) "There's probably 40-60 acres in this field that are going to be dinged up. But I got another field that's probably got 80 or better."
(Sarah Gustin / "As you can see this is what a soybean field should look like at this time of year Schmidt estimates these are about a foot and a half taller than the stand that you say that was hit by the frost."
(Jackie Buckley / Morton Co. Extension Agent) "It's really slowed down their maturing process especially on the corn and the soybeans And the corn was in late anyway. Corn needs heat units. Anywhere from 45-60 days after tassling is when your corn will mature so these last 2 weeks where we have had less than 80 degrees has really slowed down the growing degree days for corn. We need some heat and some rain."
More than a week later You can see in the low areas, the leaves are brown and the plants are still hurting.
(John Schmidt / Farmer) "Some of these will be salvageable. But I got big areas in some fields. Most of these plants looks like the stem is still there, but whether they can branch and take off, it's hard to decide which ones will make it or not. We will just have to see."
A wait and see game until October.

July 1915 is the coldest July on record--averaging a mere 62 degrees.
Buckley says the small grain harvest is currently about 2 weeks behind average.


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