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On The Farm: May Crop Progress

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It's no secret that weather effects almost every aspect of farming. And with another wet and cold spring here in North Central North Dakota, how are farmers doing?

From planting, to crop growth, to harvesting, mother nature has a hand in every part of a crop's success. And with another tough Spring in 2014, how are some farmers doing? We head to Douglas to find out.

Rain, strong winds, and cold temperatures, three challenges of Spring planting in North Dakota. “It's been really tricky because the ground was so saturated from when we went into freeze-up wet, then not really that much snow, but then with the couple big rains this Spring it really soaked everything up,” commented Bob Finken. Bob Finken and Chris Sobieck, Douglas Farmers, were trying to finish planting a couple hundred acres of Canola Wednesday morning. And, like most North Dakota farmers, the two have felt the effects of poor weather.

“You're switching the drill, sanitizing the drill and all the trucks, it gets a little frustrating when you're going field to field, different crop to different crop. Normally we just stay with one crop, get it done and switch to the next,” said Sobieck. According to the North Dakota Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA, for the week of the 25th, there were five and a half days considered suitable for field work, the longest stretch farmers have had in 2014. For Sobieck and Finken, every minute of daylight counts. “You lose an hour here, an hour there, it all adds up into some time you wish you had back,” added Finken.

“You have to be flexible, especially with the way the weather is and how mother nature treated us this year, that's the only thing in farming you pretty much can't control is the weather, and it probably has the biggest influence on what you're doing out here,” stated Sobieck. Despite the trouble and challenges, Sobieck and Finken are staying positive. Farming is their livelihood. They put in the long days and short nights for more than just a paycheck. “Most farmers, especially myself, we like to grow things. We like to plant things and watch them grow, hopefully flourish and provide a good crop,” said Finken.

With more soggy weather this week, it looks like farmers are going to have to kick things into over-drive and use every ray of sunshine they can get.

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