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Published October 18, 2013, 03:39 PM

Valley farmers take advantage of break in wet weather

Farmers in the valley are busy Friday, taking advantage of a break between moisture. They say rain and snow forecast for this weekend will keep them out of the fields, once again delaying the fall harvest.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Farmers in the valley are busy Friday, taking advantage of a break between moisture. They say rain and snow forecast for this weekend will keep them out of the fields, once again delaying the fall harvest.

Farmers were kept on the sidelines earlier this week when record rainfall hit Grand Forks. Local farmers say they do have most of their sugar beets and soybeans harvested, but the corn harvest has barely started. They're not excited that more rain is expected this weekend, along with some snow.

Ag experts say any moisture, rain or snow, could have an adverse effect on harvest.

For farmers who haven't finished harvesting, it means sitting back and waiting once again.

"...It's going to delay harvest, so that's one factor. Another is if it's a half an inch of snow, it's probably not that significant. If you get a couple inches of snow, it starts to bend the crops a little, especially soybeans that are still out there yet," said Willie Huot with the NDSU Extension Office.

Farmers say during a normal year, the sugar beet harvest would already be completed and they'd be moving on to corn. Now there are worries some of the corn crop might not be harvested until the spring.

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