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Federal government denies request by Sen. Heitkamp to extend corn planting deadline

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Despite a very late start to the planting season for farmers.

The federal government has denied a request by U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp to extend a corn planting deadline for most of North Dakota.

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The USDA risk management agency, says it's prohibited by federal regulations from making a change from the May 25th deadline for most North Dakota Counties for the corn planting deadline. 

NDSU Extension Agent Willie Huot says as of Thursday morning 35 to 40 percent of the corn crop has been planted in the state, but with that corn planting deadline fast approaching after May 25th. If there is a loss and yield each days after that will mean less insurance coverage. Huots a warm summer would help those planting after the deadline.

NDSU Extension Agent Willie Huot said, "If you look at the long range forecast these months of June and July look to be a little warmer than normal which would be that the corn crop is going to catch up."

Huot says he is not surprised the USDA turned down the request for extending the corn planting deadline because that would have created a precedent and many other state would have been asking for similar exemptions.

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