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Published September 29, 2010, 11:54 AM

Farmers get set for the upcoming beet harvest

Felton, Minn. (WDAY TV) - In less than 26 hours, the first shift of regular season beet truckers will be on the roads and they're heading in on the heels of the third wettest September in Fargo since 1881.

Right now, the fields are relatively quiet. The action is here in the shop. Farmers are getting ready, making last minute improvements to their trucks and trailers for hopefully a successful year.

David Kragnes and his farm hands are welding and hammering to get each of his allotted four trucks primed. He says many fields are still we, hoping sun and dry weather will stay through Friday.

If farmers are able to work straight through with no rain delays, the harvest takes 10-12 days, but in his nearly 40 years farming, Kragnes has only seen one year like that. Last year: the wet October pushed harvest into November.

KRAGNES: "My personal yield last year was pretty lousy. The stuff I've harvest so far this year was pretty good. So, we'll see. I just did one field, we have two other fields that have to go in and we'll see how they are. So no promises yet to the banker but we're hoping."

Farmers say, ideal harvest weather is 55 degrees and cloudy during the day and 40 degrees at night. Something this veteran grower hoping for. With the hundreds of extra beet trucks on the road, farmers and law enforcement are asking people to be careful and stay out of the way.