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Published June 03, 2013, 07:20 PM

More storms delay area farmers

The latest round of storms is once again keeping local farmers out of the fields. More than an inch and a half of rain during the last few days has delayed a planting season that's already several weeks behind schedule.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The latest round of storms is once again keeping local farmers out of the fields. More than an inch and a half of rain during the last few days has delayed a planting season that's already several weeks behind schedule. Not only has the rain kept farmers from finishing their planting, it's forcing some producers to replant crops multiple times.

This is the third time Beau Bateman has ventured out to plant wheat seed that keeps re-surfacing.

Beau: "Replanting that which was in the ground, then underwater for four or five days. It's drowned out in some spots, but yeah we went back in and touched up some spots as well."

Round after round of rain is causing continuous headaches for local producers.

Lionel Olson, NDSU Extension Agent: "A lot of guys were just getting back in the fields before this last rain hit in the middle of last week."

Delaying a planting season that's already behind schedule, because of the late winter.

Beau: "We finally had the frost come out in some places last week."

The news isn't all bad. Most of the local crops are in the ground.

Lionel: "We're probably, as a county, we're probably about three fourths planted."

But the clock is ticking to finish up before more bad weather.

Lionel: "The first rain was kind of welcomed. This is getting kinda...you're starting to see a little frustration in some of the people out there."

Local farmers say because of cool, overcast conditions, it's takes longer for rain water to evaporate, which means a rain storm can gunk up fields for up to six days.

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