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Spring Planting Begins

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Tractors are out in full force across the state--Putting this year's crop in the ground.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you south of Richardton for the story.

The engines have started.
And the business of spring planting has officially started.
(Shannon Goetz / Farmer) "I need my wife's help. She's my runner. She goes back and forth with the anhydrous. Being it's one pass than everyone is running."
These are some of Shannon Goetz's first passes of the season.
Goetz started planting Sunday.
(Shannon Goetz / Farmer) We didn't have a lot of snow during the winter, we had about 18 inches at the end of April, so it really slowed everything up.
And what a difference a year makes.
(Shannon Goetz / Farmer) "Last year we were done on May 6th."
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin @kxnet.com) "Despite a dry fall and winter, Goetz says there's actually more moisture in the ground than you might think."
(Shannon Goetz / Farmer) "We do have good moisture. The corn ground right now is working really nice to seed into the corn ground. I think that the stubble is a little wet in places, but the corn ground is working really well."
Once Goetz finishes planting the wheat, it's off to the corn.

Goetz hopes to finish planting in about 2 weeks.


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