Northern Plains farmers haven’t forgotten about the historic October 2019 blizzard. Near Wimbledon, North Dakota, farmer Mike Clemens remembers watching the storm roll in. “It felt like I was in Antarctica with all of the snow and the soybeans. Harvest didn’t get better from there.” Farmers near Hillsoboro, North Dakota are reminiscing and celebrating being able to drive and load trucks in the field this year. “I’ve driven past sugarbeet fields being harvested where beet carts are parked,” says Sarah Lovas, agronomist, Lovas Ag Consulting. “They’re loading the trucks underneath the harvester, because it’s dry enough they can do it.” Near Crookston, Minnesota, Kevin Capistran says it’s still a little painful to look back. “We’ll look back on this in 50 years hoping we won’t see anything like it again. We learned some things along the way and gained some experiences from it to better drive judgement in the future.” The 2020 harvest is well ahead of last year’s pace in the region.
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