Recent rains affecting this year's beet harvestGrand Forks County, ND (WDAY TV) - Recent rains have dampened this year's fall beet harvest. Leaving many farmers waiting for their fields and crops to dry.
By: Michael Yoshida, WDAY
Grand Forks County, ND (WDAY TV) - Recent rains have dampened this year's fall beet harvest. Leaving many farmers waiting for their fields and crops to dry.
The usual sounds and sights of the fall beet harvest have been replaced with empty fields and images of muddy and wet ground.
Paul Mathiason - Beet Farmer: “Rain is not the best thing to have right now during beet harvest.”
And it leaves farmers with less than ideal conditions.
Mathiason: “You can only wait when it's really too wet. When it's starting to dry out a little bit you can work the ground a bit where the trucks are going to drive.”
Waiting that has slowed down this fall's harvest.
Mathiason: “I'd say we and most people in this area are about sixty percent complete.”
A stark contrast to Mathiason’s northern neighbors, who have missed the recent rains,
Mathiason: “But they got it last year so i guess this year is our turn to suffer a little bit.”
Within the last few weeks many fields have received between 1 ½ to 2 ½ inches of rain, leaving the ground muddy and saturated with water.
And the fear is that the water could freeze, with winter fast approaching.
Mathiason: “Everybody would love to get this done. As it gets closer and closer to November you get more and more antsy and more and more concerned.”
Farmers say sunny and windy conditions will help their fields dry and allow them to get back to their full fall harvest.