Decent crop, low prices facing farmers this harvest season

Sep 15, 2015

A mixed bag.

That's how North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring describes the fall harvest.

"There's some good stuff out there," said Goehring. "Some storms have taken their toll on some crops. But the quality in a lot of the small grains is pretty good."

"We've had some tremendous yields in places," said Goehring. "And there are some places that have just been average."

Goehring says once row crops start coming in, he thinks that could be a little different.

"I don't think it will be as good as estimated," Goehring said. "We're hearing reports on varying yields."

The big issue will be crop prices. Goehring says they remain low. And he doesn't expect them to recover any time soon.

"Economists are telling us it'll be a year to two years out before we see the markets rebound," said Goehring. "They (prices) are just depressing farmers to the "nth" degree."