In Crystal, North Dakota, O’Toole Seed owner and farmer Brian O’Toole got out into the spring wheat fields last Monday to start harvest. “I had a field of wheat planted on sugarbeet ground and that’s typically the first thing we harvest. Yields are disappointing and looking at other crops coming down the line, I don’t think that attitude will change as harvest continues.” O’Toole says the real harvest will begin the middle of this week. “Most of the crops that emerged this spring are very spotty. Germination is poor and the crops didn’t come up even. Being a seed grower, we can’t desiccate. We’ll have to wait until the crop dries down naturally. There’s a lot of green heads and plants so we’re about one month from finishing wheat harvest.”
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