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Farmers Struggle To Get Crops In Wet Ground

Farmers in flood-soaked northeast South Dakota are struggling to get their crops in the ground, and some Brown County farmers have given up on planting spring wheat, according to one agronomist.

Farmers in flood-soaked northeast South Dakota are struggling to get their crops in the ground, and some Brown County farmers have given up on planting spring wheat, according to one agronomist.

Ron Dodds, a Brown County Extension agronomist, told the Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) that it won't be long before producers start losing some full-season corn. The standing water also leaves salt in the soil, reducing its fertility, he says.

Troy Knecht usually tries to get corn and soybeans planted by April 26 on his spread east of Houghton, SD, but this year, he says, "we haven't turned a wheel yet."

Knecht estimates that with the amount of standing water on his land, he'll get less than one-quarter of his acreage planted.

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