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Published June 03, 2013, 09:00 PM

Rain has stopped progress of crops in the ground

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Farmers in the Northern end of the Valley are dealing with much of the same. Last week's storm brought more than an inch and a half of rain throughout Grand Forks County, with some areas getting A LOT more.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Farmers in the Northern end of the Valley are dealing with much of the same.

Last week's storm brought more than an inch and a half of rain throughout Grand Forks County, with some areas getting A LOT more.

NDSU extension agent Lionel Olson says about 75 percent of crops are in the ground, but the rain has stopped progress.

Local farmers say with more rain expected, they're under the gun to get crops in the ground.

The water is causing so much damage to some crops, they're having to replant fields.

Beau Bateman- Farmer: "Replanting that which was in the ground, then underwater for four or five days. It's drown out in some spots, but yeah we went back in and touch up some spots as well."

The farmers say they're about 3-4 weeks behind. And in some cases are having to switch crops to seeds that can grow during a shorter season.

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