Late spring storms and heavy rains throughout the planting season caused an estimated 4.4 million acres of cropland to go unplanted this year, based on an estimate released July 15 by the USDA Farm Service Agency’s North Dakota State Office.
Posted July 19, 2013
The estimate was compiled in response to a request from U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp to gauge the impact of wet weather on North Dakota producers.
Heavy winter snows, flooding along many rivers in the state, and excessive rain have combined to keep producers from planting an estimated 4.4 million acres this year. The largest amounts of affected acreage lies north of the Highway 200 corridor.
Producers with losses in counties that are designated as disasters by the Secretary of Agriculture or in a contiguous county may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans or other disaster programs as authorized by Congress.