Harvest in Northland Going Well

By KBJR News 1

September 28, 2010 Updated Sep 28, 2010 at 7:48 PM CST

DULUTH, Minn. - Its harvest time and make or break it time for farmers.
Those growers we talked with say it's been a great year for crops in the Northland.

Farmers in our region say the big things are, they've had plenty of rain and warm temperatures.

Recent heavy rainfall, washed out crops in many parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin south of us.

But here in the Northland farmers say produce like squash and pumpkins are providing a great yield.

In fact, some farmers are claiming the Northland pumpkins are among of the best in the nation this season.

It hasn't been as great of a season for apples.

Farmers say it's been hit or miss depending on where the orchards are located.

A late frost affected some apples and areas with heavy early season rain caused some crop seeds to rot early on.

But overall, one produce manager says local farmers have seen a great season.

"Some of that odd weather where it was sunny and warmer really brought on a lot of the broccoli and greens and we did a lot of green house crops as well. They all seemed to do very well overall so for us, our purchases are up, our sales are up, and the volumes seem really, very good," said Whole Foods Co-Op produce manager Michael Karsh.

Some other vegetables farmers reported doing well this year are corn, beans, potatoes, onions, peppers and tomatoes.

So, it's been a good year for farmers in the North overall.

Now with Russia importing so much of our grains prices are higher for a lot of crops such as wheat, so farmers are reaping the benefits of a good season and good prices.

Posted to Web by Jena Pike
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