Barely more than half of North Dakota’s soybean crop has been harvested this year.
That’s well behind the long-term average of 83% by this time.
But nice weather is allowing farmers to catch up in a hurry.
Jim Olson reports.
They’re still harvesting along the Canadian border in North Dakota
(Ted Hawbaker, Portal Area Farmer) “This is the last crop – soybeans.”
And here on the Hawbaker land near Portal, it’s the end of a tough year.
(Ted Hawbaker, Portal Area Farmer) “It’s been a challenging year. It has. Had a hail storm June 14 that caused a lot of building damage and crop damage but the crop was young enough and came back and yield’s pretty good.”
One county to the east, Mark Trout is also finally getting to his soybean crop after an eight-inch rainfall in July left much of his land underwater.
(Mark Trout, Sherwood Area Farmer) “Hopefully wrapping up harvest this week.”
He says the deluge in July didn’t really hurt the crop – especially considering how dry it became the rest of the summer. But he agrees that harvest was delayed by the cold snap that hit in September.
(Mark Trout, Sherwood Area Farmer) “It’s a little later than usual. This far north we’re usually pretty late but with the four weeks of cloudy, cold, and wet, we’ve been pushed back a little bit.”
Both farmers say they have some of their soybean crop contracted to immediate sale, but will also be storing quite a bit of beans – waiting out the trade talks that have stymied exports this year.
(Ted Hawbaker, Portal Area Farmer) ” Probably not all of them but the biggest part are contracted so the market’s not a huge issue right now. And it’ll be back by next year.”
(Mark Trout, Sherwood Area Farmer) “We’ve got a little bit contracted and the rest we’ll have to sit on until prices come up a little bit.”
They’re also in agreement that it’s good to have the finish line in sight on 2018’s crops.
(Ted Hawbaker, Portal Area Farmer) “It is. This is fun. This is the rewarding part when the crop comes in.”
(Mark Trout, Sherwood Area Farmer) “I always look forward to being done, that’s for sure.”
Near the Canadian border, Jim Olson, KX News.
Both farmers Jim talked with said they expect to finish their harvest by the weekend.