1/4 of North Dakota Cropland Unplanted


The government reported this week that 1/4 of North Dakota cropland did not get planted this spring. But the situation is even more dire in some counties and for some farmers. In three counties – Ward, Renville and Divide – unplanted acreage is 70{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} or greater.

Soren Bostad is Executive Director for the Divide County Farm Service Agency Office.

Carl Dahl is one of those Divide County farmers.

In Divide County, 80{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of the cropland didn’t get planted. That’s about 460,000 acres. In Ward County, half-a-million acres didn’t get planted.  That is 71{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of the cropland and some acres that were planted are now flooded.

Grant Buck is Executive Director at the Ward County FSA Office.

Unplanted acreage in Renville County is estimated at 77{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} which is almost 400,000 acres.

According to the weekly crop update, the crop with the largest percentage of unplanted acres is durum at 40-percent. About a fourth of the North Dakota dry pea acreage isn’t planted along with 20{dfeadfe70caf58f453a47791a362966239aaa64624c42b982d70b175f7e3dda2} of the intended barley acres.

Source: NAFB News Service/Al Gustin

Posted by Haylie Shipp


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