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Published April 18, 2012, 09:18 PM

High Demand for Corn Seed

(WDAZ-TV) - High demand for corn seed is making it difficult for some North Dakota farmers to plant this season. Corn seed growers have been calling producers in the region telling them they may not get their full orders.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

(WDAZ-TV) - High demand for corn seed is making it difficult for some North Dakota farmers to plant this season. Corn seed growers have been calling producers in the region telling them they may not get their full orders.

The corn seed crunch comes from an increase in demand combined with a decrease in supply.

Devils Lake seed seller Richard Mertens says orders for corn seed are up 85 percent from last year.

But cold weather hurt last winter's seed production, which means some orders can't be met.

Mertens says seed producers told him he wouldn't receive 70 bags out of two thousand he ordered.

But says some seed sellers won't get half of their original orders.

He says he should be able to meet the demands of the 20 farmers who ordered seeds from him, but there's no room for error.

"Well I'm pretty hopeful I'll cover all the guys that ordered seed from me at this point. I'm still getting some calls from some guys still looking for additional corn, and those are the guys I don't know I'll be able to get any more," Mertens said.

Corn has risen in popularity at the expense of planting wheat. Mertens says the demand for wheat seeds in the Lake Region is only about a tenth of what it was last year.

The cost to plant and tend to corn is about the same as wheat, but the profits are greater when once the sell the crops after harvest.

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