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ND, Montana, Canada barley behind

Flooding and excess precipitation are causing problems for famers, including barley producers, throughout the region, according a press release from the North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences

North Dakota and Montana, as well as the Prairie Provinces in southern Canada, have had floods and heavy spring rains following a long winter with heavy and late snow cover.

As of June 5, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statsitics Service reported that 80 percent of U.S. barley is planted which is 19 percent behind the five-year average.

Fifty-five percent of the crop is reported to be emerged which compares to the five-year average of 89 percent.

In North Dakota, 58 percent of intended barley acres are planted with 31 percent emerged which is 42 and 60 percentage points behind planted and emerged last year at this time, according to the report.

Montana is also behind with 85 percent planted as compared to 99 percent at this time last year, and 58 percent emerged which compares to 88 percent last year. Idaho, Minnesota and Washington all have 94 percent or more acres planted.

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