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Crop Damage in Bottineau County

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 After a wet fall and spring, the flooding rains of last weekend have been another insult to farmers trying to get a crop in northern counties of North Dakota.

In Bottineau County, County Agent Jared Nelson says the worst problems this spring were in the western areas of the county, although farmers across Bottineau County had difficulty getting crops planted.

Where no crops were seeded, it's considered "prevent plant."

Now, the problems with wet land have been made worse by the major rainfall - from two to seven inches - of one week ago.

(Jared Nelson, Bottineau County Agent) "I guess you're probably looking at 25% to 30% prevent plant before even this storm came.  And now, after this, depending on how long the water's there you could see another 15%-20% crop loss and you're probably just talking about individual pockets in each field."

Nelson says because crops that did get planted were put into the ground late this spring, they are behind schedule and were more vulnerable to the heavy rains.

He says broad leaf crops such as soybeans will probably handle the standing water better than the small grains.
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