Farmers worry about crops after frost

Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Frost over the weekend has some farmers in eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota worried about their crops.

American Crystal Sugar Co. chairman Neil Widner says his sugar beets already have been above ground about a week because of above-normal warmth in March and April.

The fact that temperatures did not stay below 30 degrees very long increases the likelihood of the crops escaping damage. But Widner says it's hard to predict what frost will do.

Crystal Martodam, agricultural extension agent for Towner County, says she thinks wheat crops should be OK, but any early planted canola might have gotten stung by the frost.

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