It’s difficult to be patient in a delayed planting season, but there’s only one shot to get the crop in the grounded. “Before the (Memorial Day) rains, the frost was still coming out of the ground,” said Chris Hong, Hong Farms. “Freezing up wet and as cold as it was, the frost was deeper than you’d think.” Hong, who is based at Buxton, North Dakota, says all but 400 acres were fertilized last fall. “Normally, we try to be 60-to-70 percent fall fertilized, but this year we were close to 100 percent.” Beets are in and edible beans are the priority now. There may be a couple quarters that end up as Prevent Plant, but Hong expects to get everything else planted. The video interview can be found online.
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