Dakotas farmers rebound after historic flood

Corn Crop

 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Some crops in the Dakotas are making dramatic rebounds this spring after historic flooding a year ago.
Nearly 7 million acres of normally productive cropland in the Dakotas went unseeded in 2011 due to overly wet weather and flooding. After a mild winter and relatively dry spring, durum wheat acres in North Dakota are expected to double. The barley crop in the state is projected to be almost 1 1/2 times bigger. In South Dakota, this year’s corn crop could be the biggest in state history.
South Dakota corn farmer Mark Gross says planting conditions in that state this year are almost ideal, and everyone is “cautiously upbeat.” North Dakota durum farmer Keith Deutsch says farmers are excited to just get out in the field and get a crop in.


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