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North Dakota experiences delay in getting harvesting equipment out

Monday, November 30, 2009

Farmers in North Dakota are having trouble getting farm equipment to their fields.
Farmers in North Dakota are having trouble getting farm equipment to their fields.

Count North Dakota among the states where food producers are having a hard time getting harvesting equipment out to their fields.

According to a recent report from the Associated Press, which cited data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, only 21 percent of the state's corn crop has been harvested. Normally at this time of year, roughly 83 percent of the crop would have been gathered.

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the high moisture level of grain across the state combined with the limited capacity of grain dryers has slowed the harvest," the news organization noted.

Moisture is also affecting other crops in the state. For example, harvesting equipment has gotten to 86 percent of the sunflower crops, when normally collection would be 94 percent complete. Soybeans are also feeling the effect, with 92 percent having been collected. Normally, about 99 percent of soybeans would have been harvested by now.

The wet harvest season has affected farmers across the country by delaying their ability to get harvesting equipment out to fields. The wet conditions can cause equipment to damage fields, making next season that much more difficult for food producers.ADNFCR-2034-ID-19487458-ADNFCR

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