Farmers race against the weather to get corn planted

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Cold soil and too much moisture have put corn farmers in a race against the clock to plant before more rain comes in.

Every day after May 15 without corn in the ground, growers lose about 2 percent of their yield. Andrew Doll and his dad were in the field early getting the corn planted.

Mother Nature can make or break any harvest, but for a second year, there's concerns about what markets farmers will be able to sell their crops.

As Doll loads up his tractor with corn seed- he’s hoping this crop will grow a profit.

"Corn still is king as far as the cash flow, you can't beat it right now. Wheat's a tough crop, soybeans are a tough crop,” said Doll.

As he gets his planting starting, he says it's a good problem to have.

"My grandpa told me years ago, the wet years are still better than the dry years. This year's been kind of a struggle with cooler soil temps. We've had to kind of hold off, you know make sure we get the yield out of this crop,” said Doll.

But it's more than weather effecting this growing season. For the second year, tensions with China put uncertainty into what crop prices will look like in the fall. Oliver County extension agent Rick Schmidt says corn has some immunity to trade pressures.

"We do have ethanol hear on the corn side...we're fortunate in this part of the state to have some options to move the corn especially. Other grains is a different issue,” said Schmidt.

Schmidt says corn yields in Oliver County the past five years 110-115 bushels an acre.

So what is Doll going to do with his harvest--he says he'll probably hold on to it for a few months. Doll says he contracted a number of crops out- which protects him form some of the volatility.