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Harvest Progress – November 18

According to USDA’s Weekly Crop Progress report, harvest has finally come to a close in most states. In North Dakota, harvest is 92 percent complete. That compares to 87 percent the previous week. In Minnesota, harvest increased from 88 to 97 percent complete the past week. Dry bean harvest in Michigan is 95 percent done, an increase from 92 percent the previous week. View crop progress by state.

Harvest Progress – November 12

According to USDA’s Weekly Crop Progress report, harvest has finally come to a close in most states. In North Dakota, harvest is 87 percent complete. That compares to 77 percent the previous week. In Minnesota, harvest increased from 79 to 88 percent complete the past week. View crop progress by state.

North Dakota Receives Secretarial Disaster Designation

Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue approved North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum’s request for a secretarial disaster designation. Forty-seven of 53 counties in the state are included, making assistance available to farmers and ranchers.
 
“We deeply appreciate Secretary Perdue’s quick response to our request, because help can’t come soon enough for our farmers and ranchers facing one of the most difficult and stressful seasons on record,” Burgum said. “We continue to explore every available avenue to make sure our ag producers have the resources and tools they need to cope with these unprecedented wet conditions that are delaying the harvest and hurting our livestock producers. We’re extremely grateful to the state, federal and local officials and all the agencies that helped prepare the disaster request.” Read more.

Disaster Designation Requested for 12 Minnesota Counties

A Secretarial disaster designation has been submitted for 12 northwest Minnesota counties. The request was sent to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue by Governor Tim Walz on Thursday. The letter asks for the federal assistance to help recover from recent weather events and agricultural losses. Last week, Governor Walz declared an emergency executive order that lifted restrictions for drivers hauling propane and liquid fuels.

Harvest Progress – November 4

According to USDA’s Weekly Crop Progress report, dry bean harvest in North Dakota is at 77 percent. That is compared to 77 percent the previous week. In Minnesota, harvest increased from 76 to 79 percent complete, which is behind 100 percent last year. Idaho farmers are 95 percent done with harvest. The harvest pace is at 98 percent complete in Wyoming, 95 percent in Colorado, 96 percent in Nebraska and at 87 percent in Michigan.

Dry Bean Scene

The frost and cooler temperatures firmed up the ground this past week, making it easier for harvest equipment to travel across fields. Harvesting the remainder of the dry bean crop was a priority for North Dakota and Minnesota farmers. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Harvest Progress – October 28

According to USDA’s Weekly Crop Progress report, dry bean harvest in North Dakota is at 66 percent. That is compared to 61 percent the previous week. In Minnesota, harvest increased from 68 to 76 percent complete, which is behind 100 percent last year. The dry bean and chickpea harvest in Montana is complete. Washington farmers are 99 percent done with harvest and at 92 percent complete in Idaho. Dry bean harvest is at 94 percent done in Wyoming, 88 percent in Colorado, 93 percent in Nebraska and at 79 percent in Michigan.

Walz to Meet with NW MN Farmers to Discuss Harvest Delays

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen will be in East Grand Forks Tuesday to get a first-hand look at the extreme harvest conditions faced by area farmers. In an interview with the Red River Farm Network, Walz said his administration is looking for ways to assist farmers. “It may be regulatory relief on hours-of-service to propane haulers to truck weights to a possible disaster declaration.” An assessment is being made regarding a federal disaster declaration.

Dry Bean Scene

A portion of this year’s dry bean crop remains in North Dakota and Minnesota fields. Before the snow and rain, Northarvest Bean Growers Association President David Dickson says the crop was generally meeting yield expectations. Get the details in this week’s Dry Bean Scene, made possible in part by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Farmers with Harvest Delays Encouraged to Contact Insurance

Farmers with a Federal crop insurance policy can now request more time to harvest crops by filing a Notice of Loss with their Approved Insurance Provider. The end of the insurance period for spring-planted wheat and barley is October 31 and is December 10 for corn and soybeans. Once the loss notice is filed, insurance providers will then allow or deny additional harvest time on a case by case basis. USDA’s Risk Management Agency is encouraging farmers experiencing harvest delays to contact their insurance agent as soon as possible. Read the full press release.