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Published June 03, 2013, 09:14 PM

Due to the weather, the ag industry is hurting

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Constant clouds and rain have set farmers back for over a month. A new report, out today, shows of the farmers who plant soy beans - only half of them have seed in the ground.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Constant clouds and rain have set farmers back for over a month. A new report, out today, shows of the farmers who plant soy beans - only half of them have seed in the ground.

You don't have to be a farmer to know that lately, the sun has been shy. And without the light, plus extra rain the ag industry is hurting.

But these Rothsay farmers say they just have to go along with what mother nature has planned.

Jerry Nordick/Farmer: "It's just been cold. We haven't had the warmth, there's still spots of frost."

Even after 42 years...

Nordick:"Corn, soybeans."

Jerry Nordick can't catch a break.

Nordick: "Everybody is struggling. I just looked at the books this morning. There's about seed for six thousand acres to go out yet."

All across the midwest farmers are hurting, just like Jerry. Fields are full of water, it's just too wet to plant.

Nordick:"What ever mother nature gives you, you take it and deal with it."

In fact, in North Dakota only 64 percent of farmers are reporting wheat in the ground.

An astounding number considering last year at this time 99 percent was already planted, and sprouting.

Tim Schonhardt/Farmers Elevator of Fergus Falls:"Planting probably got started a good three weeks later than normal."

Elevators just like this one - say it could really take a toll once the season wraps up.

Schonhardt: "When the crop isn't there and the yield isn't there, the dollars aren't there for them."

Now, only time will tell.

Nordick:"We've got a pretty descent safety net built in with crop insurance now, which really helps."

As long as the rain slows, and the process of seeding speeds up.

Nordick:"We just need a day of sunshine.We're one day away from things working right."

Jerry also told me, it's possible that 2 million acres of corn might not be planted this year because of all this rain.

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