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Associated Press , Published October 08 2013

SW ND farmers and ranchers evaluate storm losses

BISMARCK — Farmers and ranchers in southwestern North Dakota are evaluating crop and animal losses in the wake of a weekend storm that dropped up to 1 ½ feet of snow.

Cattle losses are expected to be extreme in the region and in western South Dakota, where even more snow fell. Other livestock also were affected. Elgin area rancher Lynn Mutschelknaus tells The Bismarck Tribune that about 350 of the family's sheep were trampled by cows trying to return home.

New Salem area farmer Wayne Braun tells KXMB-TV that his sunflowers took a big hit — with a loss of as much as 80 percent.

Morton County Extension Agent Jackie Buckley says corn is a sturdier crop and shouldn't be as hard hit. She also says soybeans should be OK.

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