Oakes, North Dakota farmer Scott German says the week’s rains helped settle the dust. “It’s as dry as it’s been for many years in our area. Last year, we were extremely wet. This year, we went to the other side of the spectrum. We have a lot of tillage and spring fertilizer on the corn ground, but planting won’t happen for another two weeks. Another shot of rain could help mellow out dirt balls from last year.” German says once farmers can get the planters rolling by mid-April, corn and soybean planting will be seeded quickly. “If we’re even two weeks out, that’s still the last week in April and we’d be ahead of the last two years. It’s setting up for a nice spring.”
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