Flooding and unfavorable weather create a challenge for North Dakota farmers and ranchers


Analysts are projecting that USDA will lower its estimate for spring wheat plantings in tomorrow morning’s June acreage report. The decline is mainly due to exessive rain and snow melt in the Northern Plains that delayed planting this season.

Farm Service Agency officials said this week that as many as 6.3 million acres of cropland could go unplanted this year in North Dakota, with counties in the northwest corner of the state getting hit the hardest.

Williams County Extension Agent Warren Froelich says the Northern portion of his county is having the hardest time.

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Even for cropland in the county that did get planted, Froelich says producers still face plenty of challenges.

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Froelich says most livestock producers in the county are doing “fairly well” for pasture condition and feed supplies, but there’s trouble along the swollen Missouri River.

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The Farm Service Agency’s preliminary estimate for lost cropland in Williams County is 423,000 acres – that’s about seven percent of the North Dakota’s cropland losses – so far – this season.