BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has activated the North Dakota Harvest Hotline for farmers who need combining services and independent combiners who are looking for work.

“If you need someone to combine your fields or if you are a harvester looking for a job, call us at (701) 328-4997,” Goehring said. “We will put your name in the Harvest Hotline database and match you up with other callers.”

Goehring said the service is free of charge.

“Producers and combiners are already calling in,” Goehring said. “Because of the delayed planting in many parts of the state, the harvest is spotty, and that's putting a lot of pressure on both producers and combiners. The Harvest Hotline was created for just this kind of situation.”

Goehring said North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) employees will answer calls to the hotline weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend callers can leave a message.

The Harvest Hotline was first used in 1992, when adverse weather conditions caused a heavy demand for custom combining. It has since been offered annually as a free service for farmers and combiners.