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Published August 19, 2013, 05:43 PM

Dry weather offers mixed harvest outlook

After a wet spring in the area, we've seen an extended period of dry weather. These conditions are impacting this year's harvest in both positive and negative ways.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

After a wet spring in the area, we've seen an extended period of dry weather. These conditions are impacting this year's harvest in both positive and negative ways.

The hot and dry weather is good for small grain harvests such as wheat, however, later crop harvests such as corn and beans are coming under stress conditions which could result in lower yields. With that concern in mind, NDSU extension agent Willie Huot says rainfall would be a welcomed event. "There would be more benefits now if we had an inch or two of rain than there would be disadvantages for the small grain harvest," Huot said.

A majority of the wheat harvest is expected to be done in the next week. Edible beans would be the next crop to be harvested. Depending on rainfall that could start in three to four weeks.

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