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Wet Corn Harvest

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From a wet spring to a wet fall mother nature has thrown it's fair share of curve balls at farmers this year.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you to the wet fields near Hebron where farmers are working to get this year's corn crop harvested.

(Chester Schantz / Farmer) "The fields are really muddy. That's the problem. Getting stuck a few times, pulling the combine out. It's not a very good harvest. Very bad. "
The fields are wet south of Hebron.
The trucks stay parked on the road because the fields are too soft to drive in.
(Chester Schantz / Farmer) "This country can't handle thirty inches of rain, it just can't."
Chester Schantz has been farming for 45 years.
And he says this year is one for the record books.
(Chester Schantz / Farmer) "Can you remember a year, quite this challenging? "Never, never, never. We usually get a lot of projects done in the fall. Not this year. Never."
Chester farms with his brother Miles.
The Schantz's started harvesting corn last week.
And while the corn is wetter than they would like to see, they know they have to get the crop off with winter not too far off.
(Chester Schantz / Farmer) "Around 19.5%-20% moisture. So we run it through the dryer, put it on air and go from there."
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "
Despite the corn yielding well and being high quality, Schantz says he's not sure if he's going to be binning these kernels again next year. 
(Chester Schantz / Farmer) "Last year we started with corn and it was 8 dollars a bushel and it was a big deal. This year we seeded corn, next year I don't think we will be seeding corn. I can't raise it for 3.50-4 dollars."
A tough decision many farmers will be facing this spring.

As of October 28th, Corn harvest was 33 percent complete in North Dakota.
Well behind last year at this time when 94% of the corn had been harvested.

 

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