It may be spring, but the effects of a wet fall are still on the minds of North Dakota farmers. As fields dry near Grand Forks, farmers are getting fieldwork done. Farmer Tim Myron worked up some of the unharvested potato ground from last fall right before Memorial Day. That’s about 200 acres of unharvested potatoes. The soils worked up nicely. “We just harrowed it a couple of times,” said Myron. “Depending on the ground, whether its sandy or heavier, it can be tougher to work, but we worked some lighter pieces.” Decaying potatoes bring more nitrogen. “The potatoes will produce nitrogen for the crop so whatever crop someone puts in next, they may need to give the ground more credit.” On Wednesday, Myron started planting sugarbeets in the old potato ground, but 2019 was still in his mind. “We haven’t really had a spring like this where we’ve dealt with so much unharvested crop and such a high water table. There’s so many fields that didn’t get worked last fall.”
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