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A John Deere tractor sits partially submerged in a ditch west of Grafton last week. The tractor and pump had been used for draining water from a field following heavy rains in the area.

North Dakota's planting plans wash out

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GRAND FORKS -- The wet, late spring has wiped out any chance of Cavalier County shattering its corn acreage this year.

"We had 5,000 acres of corn last year. That was a record," Extension Agent Ron Beneda said. "The original talk last fall was that we maybe were going to have four times that record -- 20,000 acres would have been in this spring. Now, it's back to the 5,000 acres."

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