It’s extremely dry in western North Dakota, but that’s not keeping Minot, North Dakota farmer Pat Murphy from seeding spring wheat. “We’re planting spring wheat right now, probably an inch or inch and a half into the soil. For the most part, we’re getting in moisture. We are grinding away not too fast, because it’s only the beginning of May,” says Murphy. “It’s nice going. Last spring, we had to move around every little pothole. This spring, we are going back and forth.” No-till practices are working to a farmer’s benefit in the dry conditions. “We’re pretty much direct seeding everything so the ground isn’t getting worked ahead of time. That helped a lot for us and saved us moisture.”
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