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Published September 21, 2011, 10:29 PM

Farmers Hoping For Warmer End to Growing Season

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - This year's soy bean and corn yields are expected to be hit and miss, due to late planting and an early frost.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - This year's soy bean and corn yields are expected to be hit and miss, due to late planting and an early frost.

Growers up and down the valley say they could use warm temperatures for their final push to end the growing season.

Last week's early frost and freeze in places stopped the growing season of an already immature soybean crop, farmers say the damage does not appear to be widespread.

A wet spring, hot summer and now wet fall have kept many guessing: what mother nature will do next?

Many farmers are comparing this year to 2009, which was not very good.

"We got off to a late start so the combination of the two week late

start and the one week early freeze has made the growing season about

three to four weeks short," farmer Brett Sauer said.

Sauer says although this year's frost was early, he still has high hopes about yields.

"I have some concerns about the quality of the crop, I think for the

most part, the crop was made when we got the frost, which has burned

off some of the top leaves and caused some damage, but I don't think

there's going to be any real significant yield losses of that or any

real damaging quality affects on the crop," Sauer said.

Sauer says he won't know the extent of the damage until he gets the crop off. The forecast for warmer temperatures should help him get back in the field.

"That 80 degrees in the forecast is exactly what we need it'll help the corn dry down and it'll help the plants fill the remaining pods," Sauer said.

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