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Wet Fields Put Planting on Hold

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Ask any farmer and they'll probably tell you this has been one of the most challenging springs they can remember.
Wet conditions have tractors sitting and the number of acres being enrolled in the prevent plant program is rising.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you east near the Hurdsfield area for a look at the fields and a drive through the mud.

Things are pretty quite in the Hurdsfield area.
Fields where tractors should be roaring--ducks are quacking.
(Chad Weckerly / Farmer) "No condition fit for getting any kinda of work done."
Chad Weckerly has farmed this area his entire life and says as far back as the family can remember they've never had a spring quite like this.
"Talking to my grandfather, we have had late springs we have had challenging conditions, certainly but we have always gotten a window of time, even if it was wet till the 15th of May you got a ten day window after that and you got a lot of crop in the ground. No window. No time." 
Weckerly says only about 2/3 of their crop is in the ground.
He says while they got ten days to plant the wheat, 
10 days was just too much to ask for this year to finish up the corn and beans.
(Chad Weckerly / Farmer) "Having two good days of drying Saturday and Sunday. we went to the field Monday. We got stuck 4 times seeding 40 acres worth of beans." 
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "Well getting to the field is a major concern to get done planting, another major concern is what is the water doing to the fields that have already been seeded."
(Chad Weckerly / Farmer) "We have prevented planted part of fields before but we have always been able to get a majority of a field planted before. Not going to happen this year. I would say best case scenario we are going to have 15-20% of our acres prevented planted. Even if we can get a window to get in and plant beans yet."
It's not just the fields--this is Highway 3 just south of Hurdsfield.
"It's running over the roads. We lost highway 200 Friday night, we are just about to lose highway 3 going south of town. We are losing several country roads so it's going to affect the ability of getting the machinery moved around."
A battle both in and out of the field.

As of Sunday, About 64 percent of the state's wheat crop had been planted.
At this time last year, all of the wheat crop had been planted in North Dakota. 

 

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