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Published October 16, 2013, 07:42 PM

Ag experts suggest latest weather shouldn't pose a problem for beet farmers

Local sugar beet farmers weren't able to beat Mother Nature to the finish line for this year's harvest. They're dealing with heavy rains that are keeping them out of fields, along with the first frost of the season. Ag experts say this latest weather setback shouldn't pose a serious problem for farmers.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Local sugar beet farmers weren't able to beat Mother Nature to the finish line for this year's harvest. They're dealing with heavy rains that are keeping them out of fields, along with the first frost of the season. Ag experts say this latest weather setback shouldn't pose a serious problem for farmers.

Grand Forks set a record for rainfall on Monday. Beet farmers haven't been able to get into the fields since. NDSU extension agent Willie Huot says they should be able to get back in the next couple days. Tuesday night was also the first frost in the area. But Huot says it didn't get cold enough to damage beets. He says he thinks the harvest will be complete by the time temperatures get cold enough to harm the crop.

The freeze helped other crops like corn and soybeans, by killing the plants, which helps prepare them for harvest. Huot says the rain brought an added benefit of adding moisture for next year's planting season.

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