Near Berthold, North Dakota, farmers are waiting until the rains to come before they get into the fields. Farmer Mark Birdsall says very little fieldwork is done right now and it’s extremely dry. “We had some wet snow last month, but at this point if you go digging around fields, you’ll find about one inch of moist ground and a lot of dry dirt under that. We’ve heard reports from soil testers that are three to four feet of dry soil. Everyone is apprehensive and looking for rain.” Birdsall says farmers are nervous about seeding before a decent chance of rain in the forecast. “What happens if it grows into the dry dirt before we get a rain? We are also early and probably won’t start seeding until the middle of April.”
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