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Eye on Agriculture: Soybean Harvest

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It's been a difficult harvest for farmers with many late harvest crops but according to one agriculture expert it's been a good year for soybeans.

Berthold Elevator general manager Dan DeRouchey says soy has been a high quality yield.

Large beans have added to the overall quantity of bushels per acre.

Corn is also currently being harvested.

The season was especially difficult on corn due to the moisture.

DeRouchey says Berthold Elevator is about half-way through the corn harvest and nearly complete on the soy harvest.

Soybeans typically move in October or November.

Although production this year was plentiful, transporting the crop has been difficult.

(Dan DeRouchey, General Manager, Berthold Elevator) "We had a hard time getting the rail transportation to come into the elevator at a reasonable prices. That's been the biggest challenge has been the transportation on the soy bean crop. As you know there is a lot of construction on rail road up here to for the oil and the energy industry so that's been effecting us on how we handle our elevators too."

According to DeRouchey some of the railroad transportation has been booked a year in advance, delaying shipment.

A fully loaded train like this costs about 500-thousand dollars to ship or about $1.60 per bushel - but because Berthold Elevator had to add to the freight, it costs an extra 30 cents per bushel.

This translates to about 120-thousand dollars extra per shipment.

But it's not all bad new for soybeans on the transportation front, the nice weather has been helping.

(Dan DeRouchey, General Manager, Berthold Elevator) "Transportation when it's not cold out, it moves faster, and when they can get on the railroad and they're not bogged down with construction, they are getting pretty good cycle time when they can get running."

Most soy from North Dakota is sent by rail to Portland, and shipped to China.

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