North Dakota farmers are making small progress in planting spring wheat and durum. North Dakota Wheat Commission Market Development and Research Manager Erica Olson says fieldwork likely happened prior to the cold and snow in mid-April. “Then, in some areas that missed out on the precipitation we may have seen acres go in there.” The severe drought conditions have the attention of wheat customers. “We’ve received calls from customers and others about the snowfall and seem surprised we’re not seeing a big change in moisture conditions. We have to take into account the actual precipitation wasn’t that much,” says Olson. “Soil moisture conditions have been quite low for a few months. Hopefully, the next few weeks bring much needed moisture.”
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