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Published May 30, 2013, 02:45 PM

Rains drown Cavalier County's hope for record corn acreage

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Cavalier County farmers who'd hoped to shatter last year's corn acreage are disappointed that the wet, late spring has drowned their chances.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Cavalier County farmers who'd hoped to shatter last year's corn acreage are disappointed that the wet, late spring has drowned their chances.

Last year, the county had a record 5,000 acres of corn. Extension Agent Ron Beneda says that hopes were high in the fall that the area would see quadruple that amount this year — or about 20,000 acres.

But the long winter and recent rains have killed that hope. Beneda tells the Grand Forks Herald that it's back to 5,000 acres.

Heavy rains are prompting many farmers to rethink their planting strategies, switching from longer-season crops such as corn in favor of shorter-season crops such as canola or beans.

Crystal farmer Brian O'Toole says, "The sun is shining, but it's too wet to get in the fields."

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