Corn growing decisions for farmers

ARTHUR, N.D. (Valley News Live)-- In his lifetime of farming, Kevin Skunes says the last harvest might have been the worst.

"The last time we left corn in the field past December 1st was 2009," Skunes says. "We didn't ever want to do it again, but we got caught again this year with a couple-hundred acres left."

There's still 40 percent of corn standing across the state of North Dakota.

Most years, that number is next to zero.

"If there is still corn in the field, already on saturated soil and a lot of snow, it's going to be hard to get our crops planted this spring," he says.

That's why corn growers, like Skunes, are looking at planting earlier maturing crops.

Farmers would be able to take their crop out of the ground much sooner.

The only problem is, these kinds of seeds don't yield as much per bushel.

"If you take 10, 15, 20 cents off that, farmers are losing a lot of money," he says.

Growing this kind of corn might be a gamble for farmers, but the good news is it shouldn't impact your trips to the grocery store.

"The price of corn is way down, right now," Skunes says. "The people who are feeding the corn to their animals are paying less."

Skunes says he hopes to start planting by the end of April.

He and several farmers across the country could be looking at planting earlier maturing crops, in hopes they don't see a year like 2019 ever again.