Agronomist Sarah Lovas farms near Hillsboro, North Dakota. She says barley harvest went well. “We didn’t have many acres to harvest. One of the challenges in Hillsboro is the green fields due to later barley germination. Farmers are trying to figure out what to do with the crop.” The barley quality looks decent. “The protein may be slightly higher, but the test weights are good. The barley is not as bad as I thought, but it’s not a bumper crop.” Now, it’s time for spring wheat harvest. Lovas thinks variability will be a story for all of the small grains. “The drier soils will be tougher, there’s no doubt. Yields around here range from 10 bushels to 40 bushels per acre. I have to believe that the really good fields are going to be the exception, not the rule.”
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