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Crop Quality is a Concern Across the State

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 Farmers are slowly losing hope for what looked to be a bumper crop standing in the field.
Much of this year's wheat crop across the state is full of disease.
Ag Reporter Sarah Heinrich has the story of a bumper crop gone bad.

(Penny Nester / Kidder Co. Extension Agent) "We can never get the right amount of rain at the right time." 
It's a story that holds true every year in farming..but particularly in 2014.
(Penny Nester / Kidder Co. Extension Agent) "Some areas of the county received more than 4-6 inches of rain, some areas received 60 hundredths of accumulation total." 
Penny Nester is the Extension Agent in Kidder County.
Nester says some spots in the county have been hit hard with rain.
She says average rainfall for August is between 1 and 2 inches...some areas have received nearly triple that amount. 
And all that rain is slowly leaching the quality out of this year's wheat crop.
(Penny Nester / Kidder Co. Extension Agent) "Scab can lead to vomatoxin or increased DON levels in wheat just because you have a lot of scab doesn't mean you will have high levels of DON in wheat, but we are seeing some elevated levels in our winter wheat, barley and some of our spring wheat has started to come in." 
Those high levels of vomatoxin are a concern for area elevators.
Hubbard Feeds Manager Steve Hepper says wheat samples like this are just starting to come in.
(Steve Hepper / Hubbard Feeds) "I haven't seen anything, but we are sending in some samples."
(Sarah Heinrich / KX News) "The highest level of vomatoxin that can be in grain for milling quality is 2 parts per million. Any grain that is delivered to the elevator with more than that is looking at a price discount and possible rejection." 
(Steve Hepper / Hubbard Feeds) "The mills will reject it at 2% anything over that we will probably subject to terminal grain."
Hepper says so far protein levels have been averaging just under 14%...far below last year's levels. 
But he says harvest is only beginning and there's still hope for some of the crop in the field. 
(Steve Hepper / Hubbard Feeds) "Samples aren't as clean as usual we did have some weathered grain, but fortunately we did have a late wheat going into the ground. We have had some green fields up till now. There is some hope for the green fields."
Now farmers just have to wait and see if they'll be getting paid of rejected this fall.

Nester says the rain was helpful for the corn and soybean crops as well as improving pasture conditions.

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