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Snow Halts Harvest

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It's been a long fall for many farmers.
A wet spring delayed planting and a wet October delayed harvest.
With more snow flakes in the forecast many producers are now scrambling to get this years crop off.
Reporter Sarah Gustin has the story.

The calendar says December.
But with the amount of harvesting left to be done, it looks more like November.
(Josh Mardikian / South Central Grain, Sterling)"Just trying to get this harvest over with. I think that's our biggest goal. Producer, farmer, end user let's get this harvest over with and move on to our next challenge."
Josh Mardikian manages South Central Grain in Sterling. 
He says the fall harvest rush for corn and sunflowers started in October.
But high moisture corn that isn't drying out in the fields is extending harvest into the winter months.
(Josh Mardikian / South Central Grain, Sterling)"I think that's the frustration. We are 6-7 weeks into row crop harvest and we are still looking at quite a few acres to do  yet, 20% or better."
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "As you can see weather like this makes things pretty slow at the elevator. Sterling Elevator is able to take up to 16% moisture when it comes to corn, but Mardikian says some other South Central Grain locations have loosened up their restrictions quite a bit."
(Josh Mardikian / South Central Grain, Sterling) "Corn we were at 15% we have ran that to 16.5 here at Sterling and we still aren't seeing a lot of corn, because there isn't a lot at that level. In Napoleon we pushed our limits from about a 17 or an 18 to whatever you want to bring just because we want to help get it in and we have enough trains moving and enough volume moving out the door that we think we can manage it. It's enough to make me nervous that we have 20 moisture corn in a bin, but as cold as it is we think we have it frozen, and the product should be ok. 
Burleigh County Extension Agent Tyler Kralicek says over half the fields in the county are harvested.
But there's still a fair amount of corn and sunflowers still standing.
(Tyler Kralicek / Burleigh County Extension Agent) "It's kinda mixed. There are some guys in the southeastern part, they got a decent amount of snow. It's all dependent on the variety of corn that you put in. One guy he was at 80 day or less and he's been done for a little while already. Some guys are just getting into it now. It's pretty mixed results throughout the county." 
I think nearly every farmer would agree--this year has been long enough....
(Josh Mardikian / South Central Grain, Sterling)"Definitely frustrating for us and for producers, and everybody. I think we would all be happy if we could just say we are done combining."

Mardikian says they do have room at the elevator for corn.
He expects some of this year's corn will be left in the field all winter and only combined sometime next spring.

 

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