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Ag Commissioner on Crop Year

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After a spring where millions of acres of farm land went unplanted due to excessive moisture, the crop year in the state is turning out pretty close to average.

That's what North Dakota Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring said today.

Goehring spoke to the local Kiwanis Club.

He says some producers are putting a near-record crop in the bin.

While others are below average because of weather problems.

One hurdle they all face is the sudden drop in commodity prices of the past few months.

(Doug Goehring, ND Ag Commissioner) "A lot of this crop got put in under a different pricing scenario and system so it's a pretty expensive operating cost associated with this particular crop year and now the market's going down. When you have the market imploding it gets people nervous because they definitely need production now just to stay at their cost of production."

Goehring says the biggest problem he's heard lately is that many farmers are still trying to finish harvest, having been delayed by a wet October.

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