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Planting Winter Wheat on Prevent Plant Acres

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Millions of acres went unseeded this year.
In Fact the Director of the State Farm Service Agency says prevent plant acres could reach 2-3 million acres.
That's about 12-15% of the state's crop ground.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin shows you what some farmers are planning on doing with those unseeded acres.

No doubt, it was a wet spring.
(Jeff Presser / Farmer) "This is probably the worst one."
Jeff Presser has been farming in the Turtle Lake area for 40 years.
This year roughly 15% of his crop ground didn't get planted.
Because the fields were just too wet.
(Jeff Presser / Farmer) "We got started 35 days later than the previous year, behind the 8 ball right there."
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "As you can see there is a clear dividing line where Presser's spring wheat seeding had to come to an end as you can see as he moved further into the field, things got a little too wet."
(Jeff Presser / Farmer) "You butcher your fields. You can go around and you can do hill tops, but every little dip you come to then you have to go around and then you make tracks and you have to fight those tracks too."
Presser is now one of many farmers looking at seeding these acres with winter wheat this fall.
(Jeff Presser / Farmer) "The knock on it is the price a little bit. The yield is a little better, once again it does spread out your rush in the spring."
(Blake Vander Vorst / DU Agronomist) "The PP acres, they are wet now, they couldn't get into them so they have a tendency for that wetness to build on itself if you don't' get a crop planted in there in the fall of the year. It can be wet again the following year. Some of the growers were experiencing that in 2010 and 11 and were headed into the third year of that potentially of prevent plant, which then gets to be an issue with crop insurance."
Ducks Unlimited Agronomist Blake Vander Vorst says he's been getting calls for the past month about seeding winter wheat into prevent plant acres.
Vander Vorst says most of the questions are coming from the northeast part of the state
(Blake Vander Vorst / DU Agronomist) "If you take from Bottineau County we figure there is 1.3 to 1.6 million acres just in that area."
Vander Vorst says winter wheat acres could double in the next year because of the large number of acres like these that never got seeded this spring.

2011 was a record setting year for prevent plant acres in North Dakota reaching 5.6 million or about 25% of the state's crop ground.

 

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