Wet, hot summer causing headaches for some farmersRed River Valley, ND (WDAY TV) - This summer has been hot and wet. Good news for some crops. Bad news for others. Most of the wheat in our area is usually harvested by now. This year that's not the case.
This summer has been hot and wet. Good news for some crops. Bad news for others. Most of the wheat in our area is usually harvested by now. This year that's not the case.
Steve Haverland hasn't seen a summer quite like this one.
Steve Haverland – Starting to Harvest: “Probably twice the average moisture so far. Yeah, it's wet.”
In the fields for the first time this year, Haverland considers himself one of the lucky ones. Region wide, wheat harvesting is usually wrapping up right now. But this year, about only 5% of the fields are harvested.
Haverland: “We're not expecting a lot of wheat here.”
With all the moisture in the air, grain elevators aren't only worried about this year's yield, but also about the quality.
Caroll Duerr – General Manager, Colfax Grain Elevator: “We're concerned with the scabs and toxins that are showing up. We definitely have some quality issues in the milling market that's going to be challenging for us on the marketing side of that wheat.”
Wheat fields that have been harvested are showing low test weights, but high proteins. For Colfax Grain Elevator Manager Carol Duerr, it's been somewhat of a perfect storm for the wheat crop. But it isn't all bad news.
Duerr: “It's been more cooperative for the corn and soybeans. They're better where the ground is still wet, it likes the moisture and it likes the heat.”
With most of the wheat not even close to ripe yet, and only a few weeks left to Harvest, farmers will be hoping for a much drier August. Because of the wet spring, only 80% of the wheat fields were even planted this year.