After battling mud, pot holes filled with water and many rainy days to get a crop planted this spring, harvest has finally arrived.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin visits with a few elevator managers about the quality of this year's crop.
It's been an up and down year across the state.
(Jeff Mehl / South Central Grain GM) "The stuff at Sterling the protein is all over the place. from 13-16 on the spring wheat. On the winter wheat that's been pretty much in the 13.5 area, so that's pretty good. the test weights up at Sterling have been exceptional. "
Jeff Mehl is the General Manager at South Central Grain in Napoleon.
While the quality has been impressive in the northern part of their service area, to the south he says some test weights are coming in light.
(Jeff Mehl / South Central Grain GM) "If we don't get rain I think the quality and the yields will continue to decline. One the wheats that has already been established. I think the later wheat will get worse. Or it will get thinner or lighter and more stress. But we need more rain at least for corn and beans to pull through."
Jeff Schauer has been in the elevator business for more than 40 years.
He says this is one of the latest harvests he can remember.
(Jeff Schauer / Farmers Elevator, Wishek) "As far as I can remember. Usually winter wheat would be a late July. Spring wheat a early August. here we are mid August and we are barley starting, it's unusual."
Schauer says the quality is good, but heat stress has caused some of the winter wheat to weigh up a little light.
He says more rain is needed to pull the row crops through.
Right now he isn't sure what to expect to roll in the driveway.
(Jeff Schauer / Farmers Elevator, Wishek) "Seems like every year is different. You don't know what is going to happen until the trucks start rolling in. A lot of times you don't know exactly what is out there how much will get binned at home or how much will come to town. Like I said, each year is different you got to wait and find out."
As of August 11th, only 2% of North Dakota's spring wheat crop had been harvested, compared to last year's 71%.
On average about 23% of the crop is harvested by this time of year.