Rains came through western North Dakota in late October, but Syngenta Agronomy Services Representative Nathan Popiel doesn’t think it was enough to alleviate the dry conditions. More moisture is needed in the west. “We’re still seeing extreme dryness. There are many concerns that come with dryness. I always tell farmers to plan for the best. Snow always helps improve morale, but I think it will take a fair amount of snow to replenish the lakes, potholes and things like that. Hopefully, we can get some subsoil moisture.” Popiel says several farmers are waiting to make acreage decisions. “There’s good commodity prices, but high fertilizer prices. Then, we’ve got the dry situation. There may be different carryover concerns from what there would be normally.”
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