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Rain Problems Adding Up

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A barrage of rain for the past few days is dampening the chances of farmers likelihood of a full harvest.

Minot is already over a full inch of rain higher than the May average, most of which has been since Saturday.

Gary Brode reports what that could mean for one of the states biggest industries.

A steady flow of rain has been dropping for the last three days now ... to some that means more than a ruined weekend.

Farmers are feeling the effects of the constant downpour, some good, some bad.

(Jim Tarasenko, Research Specialist, North Central Extension Center) "There is an old saying, rain makes grain,

So in the long run, this rain is going to be beneficial.

Unfortunately for some growers, an important decision must be made in the immediate future

(Shana Pederson, Area Extension Specialist, North Central Extension Center) "Right now we're in a time crunch, a lot of the crops the deadline for full federal crop insurance, some are May 20th which is today, and some are May 25th. So to get the full federal crop insurance if they don't have their corn planted, or peas planted, or lentils planted they are not going to be eligible for the full amount."

According to the USDA

The deadline for seeding chickpea and mustard is today, canola, lentil, and corn are Friday.

Those rates diminish each day after the deadline if a farmers still gets the seed in the ground.

With the recent market price push from corn, many farmers in the area were looking to shift some acres to it...

(Grant Buck, Executive Director Ward County Farm Service) "There is some hopes and expectations that maybe our corn acreage would increase this year, but now with this weather, it's probably not likely."

Buck says planting was already delayed about 3-4 weeks because of the weather and believes this rain could cause another week delay.

If the delays drags out much farther, prevent plant insurance could likely be the end result.

Insurance may be out for some but many will seed right up until mid June to try get a crop out of a year that's been difficult from the get go.

In Minot, Gary Brode, KX News.

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