Inspectors at the Montana State Grain Lab are now caught up on grading samples from this year's harvest.
Bureau Chief Greg Stordahl says a 70 percent increase in pulse crop samples and a short-handed team caused the lab to fall four to five weeks behind. At one point this season the lab in Great Falls had 3,000 samples waiting to be graded.
KFBB-TV in Great Falls reports that the lab usually gets results back to farmers in less than two days, but with almost 18,000 samples to grade in just three and a half months, the process was prolonged.
Stordahl says the lab has added more inspectors for a total of five and he says more seasonal staff will be brought in earlier next year.