BARNEY, N.D. — Farmers across the region are in a race against time as they scramble to get crops out of soggy fields before potentially devastating snowfall makes it impossible to salvage anything.
Farmers had a late start in the spring and then came a wet summer. With snow in the forecast this week, growers are now scrambling to harvest their crops before the weather ends their season.
Mike Langseth, who farms soybeans in Barney, about 50 miles southwest of Fargo, has been putting in long hours to beat the snow.
"We're not going to get everything done before the snow hits," he said. "(But) we're going to get as much as we can done."
Langseth said they're already at a late to start to the harvest thanks to a late thaw.
"We actually went into last fall wet," Langseth explained. "And so we started the spring wet and cold and it just got everything off to a late start."
Langseth said as little as an eighth of an inch of snow that sticks around could completely ruin his crop. That comes after his yields were already impacted by cooler temperatures in August and September.
Langseth says if the weather cooperates — and thats a big "if" — he should finish up his soybean harvest in three weeks — half the time of an ordinary fall harvest.