Spring Corn Harvest in North Dakota

Combines mud it out as farmers elsewhere ready planters

We knew this would happen, but it's still a bit odd to see it

Below are a few pictures of North Dakota's Red River Valley corn harvest. The pics came sifting through our email drawer earlier this week, so we thought it would be good to share them with you, thanks to the photographer,Kari Haugen, of Moorhead, MN.

Editors at the Grand Forks Herald have been documenting the progress of farmers in the region. Read that story here.

Earlier this year, meteorologists at Planalytics were projecting a much drier March for the Dakotas and the Red River basin. The El Nino weather pattern should bring with it drier conditions in the northern Plains and upper Midwest compared to the last two years.

In North Dakota, some 800,000 acres of corn – over a fourth of the state's crop - were still in the field as of late-February. The Red River crested last weekend and officials expect it to stay above official flood stage levels for at least a few weeks.

Still, folks there are optimistic. Last year the river crested at a record 41 feet, about four feet higher than this year.

Farmers there faced a similar spring harvest last spring, further complicated by flooding, but they didn't panic. Fieldwork got done and some farmers now look to rotate to sunflowers, which can be planted into late June, leaving time for a 'spring corn harvest.'

Meanwhile, combines will be meeting planters on the roadways. Be advised.

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