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Slow Start to Corn Planting Season in North Dakota Amidst Challenging Weather Conditions
North Dakota Ag Connection - 05/25/2023

In the 2023 corn planting season, North Dakota, among other key corn producing states, is experiencing a slower-than-usual start. While corn planting progress is ahead of average in several states, North Dakota lags behind with only 32% of corn planted, well below the five-year average of 50%. However, there has been a notable improvement from the previous week's planting progress of 5% by local farmers.

Adverse weather conditions have posed challenges for corn planting in North Dakota. Over the past month and a half, large portions of the state, particularly the south-central region, have witnessed above-average precipitation, surpassing the norm by as much as 3.4 inches. Additionally, the state has been experiencing cooler temperatures than usual, with the average temperatures in East Central North Dakota falling nearly 7° F below normal during the same period.

Farmers in North Dakota are diligently working to overcome these weather-related obstacles and catch up with the planting schedule. Although the planting progress is currently behind, there is a collective effort to maximize productivity in the upcoming weeks.

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