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FNS Photo by Mikkel Pates Pioneer’s refuge-in-a-bag, shown May 9 in rural New Effington, S.D., includes the purple “refuge” seeds that don’t include the Bt characteristics.

Seeking the sun: Late spring could shift seed maturities

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NEW EFFINGTON, S.D. — Many farmers in the eastern Dakotas face the decision of whether to change out longer-season corn varieties for shorter-season varieties, seedsmen say.

Joe Fritz, an independent, contracted seed representative for Pioneer since 2010, is working in one of the region’s wetter spots. His company, JFS Inc. in New Effington, handles the seed needs of about 90 customers in a 15-mile radius, handling both corn and soybeans.

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