An August both good and bad

This is perfect weather to harvest wheat. The days are long, warm and dry, with little wind.

On a recent trip through northeast North Dakota, I saw dozens of combines roaring through wheat fields. Chaff billowed out in great clouds and hung heavy in the air.

Yields. though erratic, are pretty good on balance. Quality is excellent.

Area farmers have mixed emotions right now. They’re worried that the hot, dry weather will further stress drought-damaged row crops. But they’re also enjoying wheat harvest.

In an ideal world, farmers will finish wheat harvest in the next day or two — then receive 2 inches of slow, gentle rain for the row crops.

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