Farmers and ranchers at the USDA drought meeting in Carrington expressed concerns about the availability of using drought-damaged crops for livestock feed. Chaseley, North Dakota farmer Corey Hart has already filed a crop insurance claim for the spring wheat crop. However, Hart is having trouble. “I’ve asked for an adjuster to come out and nobody has come. All they (crop insurance) has told me is to leave a strip every 40 acres.” Hart was contemplating grazing those wheat acres, until he found out nitrate levels were too high. “We’re hoping to seed soghum sudangrass on it, but need answers from crop insurance.” Hart added that it is an emergency to get any forage cut and baled. “The pheasants are already flying, if your will. Hatching is already long gone and shouldn’t be a concern. At this point it’s about quantity, not the quality, of forage.”
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