There are already lingering concerns about persistent dryness in the Northern Plains. The winter months tend to be dry, even though they are often thought of as wet because of snow. “The Dakotas and Minnesota only average about two-to-three inches of liquid from now until March,” said North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network Director Daryl Ritchison. “If you want soil moisture replenished, it often comes down to what will happen next spring.” With the current La Nina pattern, Ritchison believes there is reason to believe 2021 will be more dry than wet in the region. Ritchison spoke during the International Crop and Durum Forum hosted virtually. Listen to the story.