Walsh County, North Dakota farmers are busy in the field, but conditions are touch and go. Midwest Consulting agronomist Dave Svobodny says frost is still coming out of the ground and soil temperatures are cool in places. “In spite of it being dry on the surface, there are cold and wet spots not suitable in at least half of the acres. It’s just a waiting game right now.” Starting this week, Svobodny expects potatoes will start to go in the ground on a consistent basis. Locally, between 60 and 70 percent of the sugarbeets have been planted. However, Svobodny has concerns with planting corn and soybeans at this point. “If you plant them too cold, the stressed seeds never really recover. So, it’s been a challenge to keep planters out of the fields until the soil is ready.”
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