In the third week of August, M.D. councillors were expressing concern about wet conditions and predicting dire results for the harvest.
“If we get two months of real dry weather starting now we can salvage some,” said councillor Robert Esau at the time.
Did that happen? No it didn’t. Last week, M.D. Ag Fieldman Barry Kolenosky estimated just 60 per cent of crop was off the field.
“It’s been a very challenging year, to say the least,” he said.
The cause is not lost altogether. Freezing weather helps with access to wet fields, and as long as there isn’t too much snow…
Kolenosky said in the Flatbush area there wasn’t much snow, as of Oct. 29, but around Smith there was. Harvesting efforts continue, sometimes in pretty bad conditions.
“People have been pushing really hard,” he says. “The other night near Cross Lake I saw somebody out there (harvesting) in the snow and that is really miserable.”
Kolenosky says that makes it three wet fall seasons in a row for area farmers.