RUSHFORD, Minnesota (WXOW) – Grain farmers said they expected to be pulling corn and beans from the ground a month ago.
But that wasn't the case with this year's harvest.
A cold and west spring pushed back seed planting for about a month.
"We want dry as the corn can be," said grain farmer Rick Howe.
Howe dropped bushels of grain off at the Farmers Co-op Elevator Sunday to probed and tested.
"Grain harvest has a late start, we had a late spring. We're about three weeks to a month behind last year," he said.
This year's wet spring made it hard to get seeds in the ground, according to Howe, and may put unwanted moisture in his product.
"(It adds) more drying costs to dry your corn," he said.
Richard Fravel, assistant grain division coordinator for the Co-op, is testing all the grain.
"Wow. I think yesterday alone we had 80 to 85 trucks," Fravel said.
He said the harvest got into full swing a week and a half ago; instead of a month ago. But that doesn't mean Farmers Co-op Elevator is any less busy.
"We're not getting less grain. We're probably getting more soy beans than we normally do and a little bit less corn. But all in all, it's kinda a wash," he said.
But compared to last year, Fravel said this year's harvest is more spread out.
"(Last year) it hit at once and it was over with in about a matter of a month," he said.
Farmers like Howe just hope he yields the same amount of crop.
"Hopefully you have a late fall for not having snow," Howe added.
According to Fravel, most of the grain the Co-op takes in is then sold to ethanol plants throughout Minnesota, Iowa and some parts of Wisconsin.
The Co-op expects to get about 3.5 million bushels of grain by the end of the season.
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