Across the tri-state region, the USDA Risk Management Agency’s crop indemnity maps shows much higher payments for crops in 2017 than it did this year. In North Dakota, Barnes County had the largest crop insurance payments in the state this year with $4.7 million. Due to the drought, nearly every county in the state had higher crop insurance payments last year. Hettinger County had the highest indemnity payments in 2017 with over $40 million. On the Iowa-Minnesota border, Martin County has the highest crop insurance losses this year at $1.9 million. A year ago, Minnesota’s Marshall County suffered the most losses at more than $12 million. Sully County, which is in the central part of the state, had the largest crop insurance payments in South Dakota this year at $8.3 million. Sully County also had the most indemnity payments last year at $29.2 million.
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