Farmers in the drought-stricken area of north central North Dakota are starting to harvest what’s left of the crop. North Central Research Extension Center Cropping Systems Specialist Leo Bortolon is hearing of early harvest. “There’s a few producers in Bergen, North Dakota already harvesting field peas. There are farmers south of Minot, close to Garrison, harvesting small grains.” This area is in the heart of the worst drought area of the state. “The crops are bad. The yield expectation is low. Maybe wheat could be at 20 bushels per acre or lower. It’s hard to give an estimate, because there will be a lot of issues to combine the short small grains.”
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