Two weeks ago, many sunflower and soybean fields were covered in
snow, delaying the harvest of late season row crops. Early November has
produced dry mild weather, so producers have been able to combine, but
yields are being impacted by the early winter storms.
Many of the
sunflowers in this field are not standing tall. The stems weren't stout
enough to hold up under the weight of the heads plus a couple of inches
of snow. Curt Coleman estimates yields are dropping 300-500 pounds per
acre due to grounded stocks.
"The One's that are flat, you
just can't pick them up, you can go down and try, we've got lifters on
our pans, that helps a lot, without those we'd be losing a lot more buts
they still don't get them all," says Curt.
All the heads that
are left behind won't go to waste. The Coleman brothers plan to turn
their cows and calves loose in the sunflower fields after they combine
what they can.
"They'll clean those up and go from head to
head, just pick them up. It will clean them up, there won't be any
laying there when we take the cows out, lets put it that way," says
The sunflowers will provide calves that are headed
to feedlots in Nebraska with some rapid weight gain, but next year the
Colemans plan to make some cropping changes to avoid being forced to use
oil seeds for feed.
"I think we'll have less late season
crops, we'll probably going to do a little more canola, maybe a little
more spring wheat, maybe a little more barley. It's just too risky this
time of year to have this many acres still to harvest," says Clark.
their fields dried out, the Colemans harvested soybeans first, and they
still have twelve-hundred acres of corn to cut after they finish the
sunflowers. Clark and Curt say their soybeans averaged 30 bushels an
acre they say is which OK, but they are expecting a good yields on corn
and they can combine that crop even if it does snow again.
with the recent dry weather, the North Dakota row crop harvest is still
well behind normal years. Only 26 percent of the states sunflowers
have been cut according to this weeks USDA report. Last year at this
time 88 percent had been combined. The corn harvest is only 47 percent
complete, a year ago 97 percent of that crop was already cut.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:06 AM EST2014-03-09 05:06:58 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:04 AM EST2014-03-09 05:04:37 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:04 AM EST2014-03-09 05:04:04 GMT
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:00 AM EST2014-03-09 05:00:06 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. More>>
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.