MANURE SPREADERS IN THE DAKOTAS SQUEEZED FOR TIME

Posted 3 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A combination of long winters and more late-season crops in the Dakotas is presenting challenges for people in the manure-spreading business.

Manure spreaders typically start in the spring once the ground thaws, spreading the fertilizer until crops are planted. They pick up again after harvest, until the ground freezes again.

Farmers in the Dakotas have been planting more late-season crops such as corn and soybeans in recent years because of high market prices. That and recent long winters mean manure spreaders have had far less time to do their work.

Roughrider Manure Spreading owner Dale Reindel tells The Bismarck Tribune that when manure spreaders can get in the field, it’s “just go, go, go.”

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