Researchers say this year's crop outlook 'not positive'

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MINOT, N.D. - Planting season is a few weeks away, and the crop outlook for farmers is not as positive as they would want.

Researchers at the North Central Research Extension say that the overall outlook for crops in 2018 is not positive thanks to last year’s drought.

They say as of now the wheat numbers are down, a big part of the state's agriculture. But, they also say that oil seeds number, like canola and sunflowers are up.

Researchers also say because of last year's drought there may be nitrogen in the soil, which can harm crops.

“The uncertainty of what crop to plant in order to make that profit is on the back of the farmers business plan. How are you going to plan to lock in a profit?” said Eric Eriksmoen, research agronomist.

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