Delaying haying and spraying
Late spring storms and heavy rains throughout the planting season caused an estimated 4.4 million acres of North Dakota cropland to go unplanted this year, based on an early estimate by USDA Farm Service Agency’s North Dakota State Office. The largest amounts of affected acreage lies north of the Highway 200 corridor.
Here in McHenry County, Extension Agent Raquel Dugan Dibble estimates that about 50 percent of the county’s 430,965 tillable acres went unplanted this year. Because of the unruly weather and staggered planting of those crops, the stands are at different stages across the county.