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Eye on Ag: Planting About Over

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It's getting down to the wire for farmers in the region.

And with unpredictable and sometimes extreme weather, how are producers making the most of the planting season?

Melinda Bolton has more in this week's Eye on Agriculture.

(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "Rain, it's something that farmer's depend on every year to grow their crops. But all the precipitation this season has been getting in the way, and this is something farmers are getting sick of seeing... But as soon as the sun is out, it is right back to work at the NDSU Agricultural extension."

(Eric Eriksmoen, Research Agronomist) "This wet weather has caused delays in planting and our farmers in the area are anywhere from 50% to 80% done seeding"

(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "And that's if they're lucky. Farms towards the south are probably wrapping up about now, but it's a different story up North."

(Eric Eriksmoen, Research Agronomist) "They're struggling again this year and there's farmers that have very few of their acres planted"

(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "So the advice from the experts? Whether you're going for cover crop or late season crops, it's quality over quantity."

(Eric Eriksmoen, Research Agronomist) "Don't worry about planting more when you have other critical jobs that need to be taken care of. Spraying needs to be taken care of now."

(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "Even then, it's a gamble, late season crops could be lost to the frost before they get harvested."

(Eric Eriksmoen, Research Agronomist) "If you play the averages, the average is that we're going to run out of heat and freeze out and loose these late seeded crops. So do a good job on the crop that you have out there. Pay attention to diseases and other management issues."

(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "For Eye on Agriculture, Melinda Bolton, KX News."

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