Regardless of the organic buckwheat and flax prospects, Chuck Vandehoven, manager of Reimers Seed at Carrington, N.D., says he had a bumper crop of cucumbers this year.
Chuck Vandehoven, manager of Reimers Seed Co., Carrington, N.D.
DEARTH OF ORGANIC BUCKWHEAT
CARRINGTON, N.D. – Chuck Vandehoven is manager of the Reimers Seed Co., processes and cleans organic products – flax and buckwheat.
“By the sounds of it, yields are going to be way down,” Vandehoven says. “There’s not much buckwheat grown anymore, for this year.” The drought had an impact, especially in the higher production areas of Tappen, Steele, Robinson areas, and west and south.
On a “great year” organic flax production will hit about 30 bushels per acre, but this year he’s seeing 6 to 8 bushels per acre. “That’s sand ground over there, and so a little moisture doesn’t stay like it does in the heavy soil,” he says. He hasn’t heard of any organic buckwheat being seeded at all in the region this year.
The company will still stay busy cleaning flax – conventional and organic, Vandehoven says.
Otherwise, local farmers took off some 45-bushel wheat in the area on non-irrigated land. “Nice quality wheat,” he says. In the last few years, farmers had been getting 75- to 80-bushel wheat, he says. There are very few sunflowers, and soybean producers thought that without rain soon there will be average yields on some fields, poor on others. Corn looks good in the area, and farmers were hoping for 100-plus bushels per acre if they don’t get an early frost.
One notable thing: Vandehoven says it’s been a bumper year for cucumbers in his area, and he has a couple of them on his desk. He says he’s been amazed that he could measure cucumbers at 2-inches one day and by the next day the same fruits were 6 inches long or better, he says. “Unreal,” Vandehoven says. “It’s not a big patch and I was picking five-gallon buckets a day. We made pickles and gave a bunch of them away.”
For updated CropStop details, see Agweek on Sept. 9 and subsequent weeks.
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