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Farmers Begin Winter Wheat Harvest

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The harvesting of small grains in North Dakota is running a couple weeks behind schedule because of wet weather. Yesterday, was the first day many producers were able to fire up their combines and begin cutting wheat.

Farmers are anticipating very good yields because of the moisture the state received this summer, but they need it to stop raining so they can bring in the 2014 crop.

At this time last summer Gordon Knoll had finish harvesting his wheat, this year he's just getting started.

"It's going to be a challenge to get it off, it was tough getting it in and tough getting it off."

Rain delayed spring planting, all that moisture produced a good crop, but Steve Schmidt says his wheat will be worthless if farmers can't cut it soon.

"It's been a good year. I've never seen the corn this good and the flowers look good. I'm excited to get on this wheat because I think it's gong to be a lot of bushels."

Schmidt thinks he can harvest 50 bushels an acre, but he won't know for sure until he can get it in the hopper.

"We've got enough moisture, we need some dry weather and sun."

Once Schmidt is able to get his winter wheat, spring wheat, oats and sunflowers in, he plans to hold on to those crops for awhile.

"I would say we're going to store 75 percent waiting for maybe a little rally in January or February."

Marketing the 2014 crop can wait, farmers can't wait much longer to harvest it.


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