CropStop: Good Wheat, Thirsty Soybeans Near Chaseley, N.D.,


Robert Kleinsasser of Kleinsasser Farms at Chaseley, N.D., harvests early spring wheat fields on Aug. 21, 2013. Non-irrigated soybeans in the area were getting thirsty and have had got about a half-inch of rain in the last week of August.


CHASELEY, N.D. – Robert and Jeff Kleinsasser and their father, Russell, operate of Kleinsasser Farms at Chaseley, N.D. They just started spring wheat harvest on Aug. 2  and were about three-fourths finished on Sept. 3.

The spring wheat was running “better than expected” at 50 to 60 bushels per acre. He hadn’t tested it for quality, but he said it looked like “nice, heavy wheat.”

In the last week of August the Kleinsassers had picked up a single rain that brought .4 to .6 inches of rain on parts of their farm. “It can’t hurt, it’s better than not having it,” Robert says. Both the soybeans and the corn were looking pretty good on heavier soil but kind of sad on the sandy land.

The Kleinsassers’ also raise yearling cattle. Robert says the family has seen a good crop of prairie hay, so that part of the operation has been looking good.

For updated CropStop details, see Agweek on Sept. 9 and subsequent weeks.

And I hope to see you Sept. 10-12 at Big Iron XXXIII in the Agweek booth or on the grounds at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. See details about that in the Sept. 2 issue of Agweek.