Leaders from several USDA agencies gathered yesterday to discuss the impacts of adverse weather and flooding on North Dakota cropland this season. The meeting provided a preliminary estimate of what could be a disastrous year for producers in the state. The meeting was convened by Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Aaron Krauter.
That’s 6.3 million acres, over a quarter of the more than 22 million acres that’s normally planted in North Dakota. By historical standards, that number is unprecedented.
Governor Jack Dalrymple has requested that Krauter’s office complete a damage assessment report as the initial step in the Secretarial disaster designation process.
The hardest hit area of North Dakota is the northwest corner of the state – north and west of the flood-stricken city of Minot. It’s estimated that three quarters of the cropland in northwestern counties could go unplanted. That affects not only farmers and livestock producers, but also businesses in the area.
Krauter says final numbers on unplanted acreage probably won’t be available until August.