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Heavy Rains Impact Valley Farmers

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It's a mess out there for some and the blame goes to heavy rain.

All field crops that have been planted are behind in development and many farmers still haven't finished getting everything in the ground.

"This year has been tough all the way around," Milo Braaten of Portland, ND said.

Planting season is ending just the way it started on Milo Braaten's farm, slow and frustrating.

"Some fields got done and some partially but then there are whole fields."

There are hundreds of whole fields left untouched because they are flooded in water.

"We were just in a situation where the rain kept coming. it was just difficult," Braaten said.

A challenge for farmers and their crops across the valley.

For Braaten, a not so welcomed 10 inches of rain on his farm.

"We've been getting more than we can handle," Braaten said.

It's not only delaying his planting, but bringing it to a complete halt.

He has decided to leave 480 of his 1,800 acres unplanted.

"You have one shot. When it doesn't work out it affects you for the rest of the year and years to come," Braaten said.

Even with crop insurance, there's no telling how much money Braaten's fields won't be soaking up.

But in his 30 years of farming, there's only one thing knows for sure, time has never been this tough.

"I don't think there has been a time where i haven't gotten this much in the ground," Braaten said.

In Cass County alone, the extention agent estimated 100,000 acres are expected to be left unplanted this season.

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