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Water Management in the Field

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Too much water nearly everywhere.

That's the soggy underlying issue for many farmers across our region this year.

On average only about 55 to 60 percent of the acres were seeded this year by producers.

To the south near Washburn the numbers are higher at about 75 to 80 percent planted.

To the north as low as 35 to 40 percent near Glenburn.

But what can farmers do about growing wetlands that are overtaking fields?

The North Dakota Grain Growers Association is hosting an informational session early next week called "Doing Water Right" to provide some answers and possible solutions for farmers.

Bob Bam Bahm, one of the organizers, says when soggy farmland sits idle it is detrimental to the long term productivity of the land and can take years to rejuvenate.

(Bob Bahm, ND Grain Growers Association) "Just as an informational meeting of what producers can do and can't do. So that we know what possibilities we may have for if we can do any draining, is tiling an option, to try and get this ground back into production.."

The "Doing Water Right" Meeting is Monday June 17th at 10 a.m. at the North Central Research Extension Center south of Minot.

It is free to attend.

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