Low crop prices will likely be on the minds of growers as they head into harvest season, leaving some in a desperate situation, North Dakota’s top agriculture administrator said. Predictions for corn, soybeans and other crops are expected Friday, but agriculturists are anticipating good crops with high yields.“We’re almost to the point to where we are in crisis, almost,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said Wednesday. Department of Agriculture predicted in its most recent production report North Dakota could produce 279 million bushels of spring wheat, down 13 percent from last year, according to U. “We’re looking at these row crops and they look like bin-busters,” Goehring said, adding the state could see a record bean crop.“I’m not going to say we’re there yet.” Some farmers have climbed into their combines, and harvest season should be in full swing by next week. North Dakota has had an exceptional harvest in the last three years, he said, but falling commodity prices have kept farmers from capitalizing on those high-yielding crops.
Soybeans settled at .55 per bushel for November but were up 17.2 percent from January.Weather woes The low prices adds to weather problems producers in eastern North Dakota have faced.A wet July produced thunderstorms that brought damaging hail and wind, especially in parts of northeastern North Dakota.Pembina County has been hit hard with winds that knocked over crops, and rain has flooded some fields, Pembina County Extension Agent Samantha Lahman said.“Almost all of our fields have damage somewhere between 10 percent and 60 percent,” she said.On the bright side, crops in Pembina County could have “outstanding” yields, Lahman said.Some producers have winter wheat with nearly 100-bushel yields.“We’ve always had really good yields up here,” she said.“Apart from way too much water, we had a really good growing season.Overall, crops in Grand Forks County are very good, according to Willie Huot, a Grand Forks County Extension agent.As in other parts of North Dakota, some areas were victim to hail, wind and flood damage, but wheat crops are expected to produce 55- to 80-bushel yields.