Variability is the theme as North Dakota’s wheat harvest continues. North Dakota Wheat Commission Market Development and Research Manager Erica Olson says it is not uncommon for there to be half of the yield as last year, but others are pleasantly surprised. “Warmer, drier weather conditions have pushed the crop faster into maturity than normal,” says Olson. “A good thing at harvest is the dry conditions. It allows farmers to keep going and we haven’t had to worry about breakdowns.” North Dakota’s harvest progress lags compared to the other states in the region. Olson thinks that’s due to acreage and location.
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