Until recently, the fall was shaping up nicely for most farmers on the Northern Plains. The frost-free September gave crops more time to develop, and a few solid rains helped to recharge soil moisture without interfering too much with harvest.
But too much of anything, even moisture, isn’t a good thing. Farmers and ranchers in the western Dakotas, in particular, are suffering. They’re still digging out, of course, from that wicked early-October blizzard. Many producers elsewhere in the region are concerned, too. I talked this morning with a Red River Valley crop insurance agent who’s worried about the impact that repeated rains are having on the sugar beet and soybean harvest in his area.
Enough with the rain. What we need now is a long stretch of dry weather. It’s time to bring in the rest of our crops.