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Published August 14, 2013, 08:02 PM

Early spring wheat being harvested rather late

The earliest spring wheat being combined Tuesday on some Grand Forks county fields is still being harvested rather late. Very different from last year, which was one of the earliest growing seasons in memory for many Red River Valley farmers. Thompson Farmer's Elevator manager Mike Morgan says this season's harvest is about a month behind last year.

The earliest spring wheat being combined Tuesday on some Grand Forks county fields is still being harvested rather late. Very different from last year, which was one of the earliest growing seasons in memory for many Red River Valley farmers. Thompson Farmer's Elevator manager Mike Morgan says this season's harvest is about a month behind last year.

After the long, cold, wet spring, crops are also expected to come with less abundance compared to last year, which was remarkable across the Northern Plains. The dry weather the past few weeks has stressed beans and corn. Most years, at this time, about 25 percent of the state's spring wheat is already harvested, now it's only about four percent.

North Dakota's spring wheat crop is expected to be down 10 percent from last year. Corn yields are expected to be down 5 percent from last year, soybean yields down 6 percent, and the dry edible bean yield down a full 12 percent. Sugar beet yields in the Red River Valley are expected to be 21 percent lower than last year's record level of 28 tons per acre.

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