Corn harvest and spring planting will run close together for some North Dakota and Minnesota farmers. Local grain cooperatives are preparing to help make the transition. Maple River Grain and Agronomy assistant general manager Alex Richard says there’s still about 40 percent of corn still standing in the Casselton, North Dakota area. “If you drive by corn fields you can definitely see the big snow banks. Last week, farmers were doing some combining, but I think most producers are content at this time to wait another month or wait until early March.” In a typical year, that’s about the time farmers are gearing up for spring planting. “We hope to get a good spring to finish combining and get the 2020 crop in the ground. Elevators are preparing for the spring fertilizer run, building up stocks,” says Richard. “Not a lot of fertilizer was applied last year. It’s our goal to do as much as we can to help farmers make quick progress in the spring.”
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