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Wet weather causing delays in harvest

NEAR PROSPER, N.D.—For many farmers in our region, it was yet another "day off."

And not the good kind.

It's been days since soybean producers drove their combines out of the shed and into their fields.

It's just too wet, and the next 72-hours don't look like harvest weather.

Nobody is panicking, but this wet break, mid-harvest, has many soybean producers shaking their heads.

Everyone is chomping at the bit, some have started then had to stop. Others are still waiting to start.

Adam Spelhaug farms with his family near Kindred and is an agronomist with Peterson Farms Seed.

"Talking to a couple of guys, remembering 2008-2009, those are really ugly years. We were combining soybeans end of November on ice, waiting for it to freeze up, I don't think we'll have that situation this year," Farmer Adam Spelhaug said.

But it's not just field conditions farmers are worried about right now.

They're also thinking about the impact all this rain will have on all the beans inside the rods.

"Fields are too wet, beans are too wet, you want to get them down to under 15-14 percent for storage, and with the way the market is, prices are right now, most of them are going into the bin and storing them. So you want a good quality to keep that long-term storage," Spelhaug added.

An end to the rain is one thing, getting those fields dry enough to combine, has farmers pleading for some sun.

The one thing farmers want to really avoid is trying to harvest in heavy snow. Stalks on soybean plants can then collapse, leading to loss.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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