photo | Andrea Muggli
Harvest season wrapping up
Corn and sunflower harvest continued in Grant County, as farmers took advantage of temperatures in the lower 70s in early November.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports North Dakota corn harvest is 84 percent complete, well ahead of 9 percent last year. Sunflowers harvested is at 69 percent, well ahead of 21 percent last year.
“This time last year, we were sitting in a completely different way. Nonstop fall rains left muddy fields to only turn muddier and impossible to get to with an early snowfall,” says Tessa Osterbauer, the North Dakota State University agriculture and natural resources extension agent in Grant County. That left corn standing in the fields until the next spring.
“Now, the snow we have received is supplying the only moisture we’ve received this fall. Thankfully, ou soybean crop, as well as our wheat and other small grains, have finished harvest,” she said about mid-October snowfalls.
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