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Published May 22, 2013, 04:01 PM

Heavy rains delay Lake Region planting

The extra water flowing into the Lake Region from last weekend's storm is putting a halt to what's already been a late planting season for area farmers. Mother Nature will force farmers to stay out of the fields for days, with fewer than ten percent of crops planted already.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The extra water flowing into the Lake Region from last weekend's storm is putting a halt to what's already been a late planting season for area farmers. Mother Nature will force farmers to stay out of the fields for days, with fewer than ten percent of crops planted already.

Farmers were just finally being able to get out into the fields, before this latest setback pushed them out again. According to the local USDA office, just ten percent of the corn crop has been planted in Ramsey County. That number is lower for other crops, like barley and wheat. The late, wet winter kept farmers from getting into fields early. And the rain came at the worst possible time, muddying up fields and delaying the planting season, likely until June.

Loren Nelson, USDA: "When it's just getting fit to start to begin with, and you get two and a half to three inches of rain on top of it, just a slow soaker, it probably delays it up to another week."

The rain will likely force some farmers to miss crop insurance deadlines, with the deadline for corn coming in just three days. Local farmers and seed dealers say a few producers are looking into switching corn for a crop they can plant later, but that most are sticking with what they have.

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