According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota corn harvested is 61 percent at the end of February, an increase of 12 percentage points from January. State Statistician Darin Jantzi says the jump is a little surprising, but farmers are making progress when they can. Hannaford, North Dakota farmer Dennis Haugen plans to resume harvest once he got back from the Commodity Classic. “I have one neighbor that’s been plugging away at harvest the last few weeks. They harvested what they could,” he says. “Corn fields still have snow in them. Many farmers have not started harvest, waiting for the snow to go down a little. A few are jumping the gun a little bit.” Haugen says the corn is drying down. “The corn in our fields we tested was at 19.5 percent moisture and 49.5 pounds. It looks like we’ll make the 50 pound magic number. Many were concerned about test weights.”
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