Near Crystal, North Dakota, in the northeastern part of the state, farmer Brian O’Toole says the dry conditions are encouraging fieldwork. “The wheat is planted and we’re seeding corn. The sugarbeets are also planted. We can start planting dry edible beans and soybeans May 5, but when you’re in a week where the daytime temperatures are in the 50s and the nights are colder, we’ll wait a little bit.” O’Toole says spring wheat seeding began in early April, but emergence is spotty. “It’s struggling with the dirt blowing across the top of it and the night frost. Once it gets past that and the wheat below it germinates and starts growing, we’ll find spotty emergence and two different crops. It’s not our favorite thing to do, but we’re not in charge of that right now.”
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