During a series of meetings, several North Dakota farmers and ranchers spoke about the challenges they’re facing. Grand Forks farmer Beau Bateman has only harvested about half of his acres this fall.”My more valuable crops are still out there, so the economics are challenging.” North of Grand Forks at Manvel, farmer Bill Johnson said this fall flooding is a serious issue. After talking about harvest delays and agricultural supply chain issues, Johnson emotionally said, “It’s just a lot.” Shaun McCoy, who farms between Larimore and Northwood describes the harvest situation as unbelievable. “Farmers in the area keep saying they’ve never seen anything like this. That makes you worry about what will happen the rest of the year and come spring.”
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