Rain stalls harvest near KindredKindred, ND (WDAY TV) - Just as farmers began harvesting, the rainy weekend now has them delayed.
By: Katie Lange, WDAY
Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - Just as farmers began harvesting, the rainy weekend now has them delayed.
Those in the Ag industry we spoke to say the overall yields are better than expected, but they need to get the crops out of the field and soon.
Typically, this time of year, there's a steady line of trucks at this elevator… But this year, it's off to a slow start.
The biggest setback for farmers right now is all of the mud. The fields are wet and soggy. Look at this: I am, in fact, sinking into the mud. If I'm doing that, imagine what machinery would do.
Just days into the harvest and Brandon Kub of Kindred had to park his machinery.
Brandon Kub- Farmer: "Beans we got one day in and beets we got two; just basically getting going."
Puddles dot the fields.
Kub, like many farmers, still has a lot of acres in the ground including beans, beets and corn.
Todd Dravland- Kragnes Farmers Elevator: "The corn will stand, but there is a lot of breakage in the corn. The ears and stalks are going over this year. The stalk strength wasn't there. They have to get that corn off before it sees any major snow or wind or it will collapse the whole plant."
With sunshine and a gentle breeze, Kub hopes to be back in the game sooner rather later.
Kub: "We're hoping within a day or two, we can find something to mud through. We'll see when we get there."