Farmers hustle to finish harvest before blizzard hits

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The threat of a blizzard later this week has some farmers scrambling to finish the fall harvest.

Jordan Christman farms near Hettinger. He’s hoping to finish combining his sunflower crop by tomorrow, before the snow starts. He’s got about 250 acres left to cut.

Christman says he has never harvested sunflower this late; usually he’s finished by the end of October, but the October blizzard delayed the harvest.

"It’s taken a long time for them to dry down and we’ve had some snow on them already and a little bit of loss but with the forecast here in the next five days it looks like a significant storm coming, so yeah, would be good to get them done before that snow," said Christman.

Christman says once he finishes his sunflower, he’s still not done harvesting for the year; he’s still got 1,800 acres of corn to combine.

The USDA reports both sunflower and corn harvest are well behind normal. Just 41 percent of the sunflower crop has been harvested so far, which is well behind the five year average of 90 percent. The corn harvest is 30 percent finished, compared to the five year average of 91 percent.