Heavy Rains Hamper Harvest in Northeastern North Dakota

October 6, 2016 10:13 PM

Heavy rain over the past two months has led to wet ground that's delaying harvest in northeastern North Dakota.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that farmers in parts of the affected area won't be able to harvest some crops.

Overall, about 18 percent of sugar beets and 39 percent of potatoes are rated in poor or very poor condition.

Winter wheat planting in North Dakota has reached 72 percent complete, with 42 percent of the crop emerged.

Harvesting of soybeans is nearing the halfway point, while the harvest of corn and sunflowers is just getting underway.

Pasture and range conditions in North Dakota are rated 56 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 76 percent adequate to surplus.

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langdon, ND
10/7/2016 09:25 AM

  contrary to some articles there is still plenty of wheat left too along with canola, barley, durum, soys, sunflowers, flax etc... its been wet here since june as we were struggling to finish weed spraying. There were two 8 day windows were no rain fell. one in july. one in august. It has rained every 4 days since with no let up and it snowed last night! Looks like we wont get the last of the crop out! 2016 has been the worst year since i started 45 years ago! Worse than the 1998 drought and the 1993 floods! Good luck to all!!