Early Freeze Economic Impact on North Dakota.

Russ Steele

The freezing temperatures recorded last week have put an end to the corn-growing season in most of North Dakota.

 “Though we typically think that corn can tolerate some subfreezing temperatures, we can see by looking at this year’s crop that corn can be killed when temperatures are at or even approaching 32 degrees,” says Joel Ransom, North Dakota State University Extension Service agronomist for cereal crops. “Leaves that were damaged by this frost are no longer green and are crisp and dried.

Stalks that were killed also are devoid of any green color.”

Ransom calculates that the losses to corn growers caused by this frost could exceed $180 million.

 More details HERE.

 

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Author: Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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