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Water crossing 221st Street west of Alpena and pooling in a corn field is one of many examples of the challenging year area farmers continue to face in the field. South Dakota leads the country in prevented planting acres, with nearly 4 million acres of farm ground unplanted in the state. 

Farmers continue to face incredibly challenging year

Heavy winter snows plus unrelenting rain and flooding this spring has resulted in South Dakota holding the number one spot in the nation when it comes to prevented planting acres, with nearly 4 million acres of farm ground unplanted in the state.  

Across the nation, a record 20 million acres of farmland went unplanted this year, according to the Farm Service Agency.

“We are three to four weeks behind when it comes to where we typically are,” said Josh Hoffman, Agronomist at Wilbur-Ellis in Wessington Springs. “We are finally to the point that you can drive a pick up in the fields. This year it’s really  going to come down to when the fields were planted.” 

Hoffman also said that the cool summer temperatures have resulted in lower-than-normal Growing Degree Units (a measure of heat accumulation used to predict plant development rates) and just haven’t been where they need to be for optimum growth.

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