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Government can't extend ND corn planting deadline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The federal government says it can't meet a request by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to extend a crop planting deadline for corn in North Dakota.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency says it's prohibited by federal regulations from making a change to the May 25 deadline set for most North Dakota counties.

Many corn farmers in the state are having a tough time getting their crop seeded because of a wet spring. Farmers in 49 of North Dakota's 53 counties will see reduced crop insurance coverage on corn they plant after Sunday because their crops will be deemed more susceptible to summer heat or fall frost.

Heitkamp on Monday asked RMA to delay the deadline. A spokeswoman says the senator will continue to push for insurance program improvements.