By Justin Seward
Despite moisture putting a damper on some of the bean crop, it turned out to be another successful harvest in the Bow Island/County of Forty Mile Region in 2019.
“We’re basically done,” said Larry Doherty, Bow Island Viterra field representative.
“There’s still some farm storage stuff that’s got to come in but that will come in during the winter. Towards the west they had a little harder time with getting the moisture down. We’ve got very little product that never got harvested.”
The unharvested crop may be worked into the spring, but there is the possibility that the beans could be harvested this year if the snow melts.
“Every day it stays like this, it gets a little tougher,” he said.
“Sugar beets are done. Potatoes are pretty much done if you don’t have them harvested yet.
“That’s why we had some guys go early and put them in bins, took them off on the early side, and put air on them and are bringing them down in moisture where we can put them through the plants.”
The harvest started strong at the end of August but the change in weather resulted in a setback in the field.
“All we needed was two more weeks and we would have been smiling,” said Doagerdui.
“But the weather changed on us and we were probably half done. Then we couldn’t do anything for what seemed like forever. But we got back in the fields and everybody was ready and hit it hard.”
When the moisture hit nothing ripened like last year ,he added.
“I think its been a struggle for all crops this fall because of the moisture and the cooler weather at the end,” he said.
“But I think in the long run, everybody should be should be above our long term average.”
Doherty said overall “Farmers got their crop off in good, sellable condition. It took cooperation to get it off and to get the quality that is needed for the market place.”