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Published May 17, 2011, 02:32 PM

Extension sought in ND on crop insurance deadlines

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — North Dakota Farmers Union is seeking a 10-day extension on the crop insurance planting deadline for some crops.

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — North Dakota Farmers Union is seeking a 10-day extension on the crop insurance planting deadline for some crops.

Farmers see reduced insurance coverage if they don't meet deadlines for planting their crops. Farmers Union President Robert Carlson says that due to the wet spring, contract deadlines are fast approaching while many farmers haven't even had the opportunity to get in the field.

Carlson says he's asking the federal Agriculture Department and the Risk Management Agency for a 10-day extension on the crop insurance deadlines for canola, wheat, corn, soybeans and barley.

The Agriculture Department says that only about 15 percent of spring wheat, 14 percent of corn, 8 percent of canola, 6 percent of barley, 3 percent of durum wheat and 2 percent of soybeans is planted in North Dakota.

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