Near Jamestown, North Dakota farmer Terry Wanzek is seeding corn ahead of Memorial Day. “My father-in-law would say go by the season, don’t go by the calendar. With these warmer temperatures, it feels like spring is finally here,” says Wanzek. “Our acres will be down considerably from last year, but we’re still going to plant corn.” The farm will plant about 20 percent fewer corn acres this year. There is some local demand. “We just never know what the weather is going to do. Right now, with the heat coming, I hope the corn jumps out of the ground and eventually, if we can get enough heat in the middle of the summer, it can catch up. As a farmer, we are eternal optimists and we have faith.”
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