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Canola Harvest Underway Near Hazen

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The dog days of summer have arrived--just in time for harvest.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you out to the field where combines are running up and down the field trying to get this years crop off.

No doubt hot and sticky conditions make combining this crop a tough job.

Dean Knell and his dad farm north of Hazen.
The combines started rolling on the 15th of August.
Once the barley crop was finished it was time to move into the canola.
(Dean Knell / Farmer) "The barley was slightly above average and the quality was good. the Canola seems to be running fairly decent. We just kinda got rolling on it yesterday. All in all it looks like a pretty good year so far. We got in awfully late. And you just never know what to expect when you start that late. "
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "Despite the tough harvest condition with this sticky Knell says these acres are running well above average. And once these acres are off, it's on to the wheat."
(Dean Knell / Farmer) "We have maybe three days of canola. We will start on wheat. The wheat is probably ready but we just haven't had a chance to get there yet. We've been busy bouncing around with some of these other crops. So  we should get rolling in the next couple days."
Knell says so far the rains in July and August have been timely for the crops.
While the heat has helped bring crops that were a month and a half behind up to pace.
His biggest worry is now the same as many farmers---an early frost.
(Dean Knell / Farmer) "I would think that if we could hold off on a frost until mid to late September we will be fine. You would like to see October just to be safe.But, if the heat stays with us for another couple weeks we will be fine come into September."

This year there are about 860-thousand canola acres in North Dakota.

 

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