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Published May 20, 2013, 05:20 PM

Rain halts farmers in Stutsman County

Stutsman County (WDAY TV) -- It seems like farmers just got into the fields. Now, the rain is keeping them from finishing field work.

Stutsman County (WDAY TV) -- It seems like farmers just got into the fields. Now, the rain is keeping them from finishing field work.

In fact, this is the third day in a row, Stutsman County has seen soggy conditions.

Curtis Krapp: "It's started raining and it just hasn't quit"

It seems it's one extreme or the other...

Krapp: "Welcoming the rain, prior to this it was pretty dry. "

So dry that even with measurable rainfall, Meteorologist Daryl Ritchison says Stutsman County is still facing moderate drought conditions.

It's an old cliche that farmers like Curtis Krapp tell me has some truth to it, when it rains, it pours.

Krapp: "I called my dad and he told me he had just over 7.5 within the last 3 days."

With a late spring, farmers say they already felt pressured for time racing against the calendar..

Krapp: "It's been a big push. We went for 17-18 days straight just nonstop. I work as an agronomist and a farmer and it has probably been one of the worst springs I've ever had."

But as any farmer knows, mother nature and her uncertainties are just part of their livelihood.

Krapp: "Most of the corn is in around here as far as that goes and guys are just kind of getting started with soybeans."

The downfall, they may end up replanting.

Krapp: "All of the stuff we got planted is just in a lake."

Standing water isn't the only concern, Krapp says the pounding rain washed away some of the topsoil.

"We had corn seed that was sitting right at the top and it was seeded. It was seeded 2.5 inches deep and now its sitting on top of the ground. Then there are other spots in the field where we had soybeans seeded and there is 10 inches of top soil sitting over the top of the seeded beans."

Even though farmers purchase crop insurance, they could still take a financial hit. It costs on average 500 to 600 dollars, just to plant an acre of corn. That's a lot of money and uncertainty for farmers.

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