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Published July 21, 2011, 10:31 PM

Some Farmers Say This Planting Season Has Been Worst in Years

It's been a tough planting season for farmers in Walsh County. With a wet spring and some recent heavy rainfall, some farmers say it's the worst they've seen in years.

It's been a tough planting season for farmers in Walsh County.

With a wet spring and some recent heavy rainfall, some farmers say it's the worst they've seen in years.

Rick Rasmusson was cleaning off equipment after a muddy Thursday in the fields.

"We didn't get started this year until about the time we were done last year and had to plant around wet spots," Rasmusson said.

Working at Campbell Farms in Grafton, Rasmusson has seen more rain than usual this year, and he worries about the harvest.

"You still got the money out for the seed, land rent, all the chemical and only 70 percent of the crop," Rasmusson said.

According to the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, the average rainfall for Grafton this month is 3.3 inches.

The area has already received 5.5.

"It's probably, and it's not over yet, but it's probably the worst, the wettest and the latest crop we've ever had in thirty-some years. We started in 1978," Tom Campbell said.

Campbell Farms has a few thousand acres and has already lost 15 to 20 percent of its potato acres. With all the rainfall, all farmers are hoping for is a dry, late fall to make up for lost time.

"A little rain every now and then but none of this two and a half inches stuff because that just drowns out more potatoes," Rasmusson said.

"There's a lot of unknown variables and I guess we're the eternal optimists. We're always, like most farmers, are looking for a good fall and a good season to finish off," Campbell said.

Farmers say there has been a lot of rain over the past couple of years, but nothing like this.

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