Are we headed toward a repeat spring full of farmers rushing to get crops in the ground?
Wet conditions in spring of 2013 meant a late plant for many --- and some simply had to leave fields empty until winter wheat was able to go in the ground later in the year.
And speaking of that winter wheat --- its fate in the Dakotas is looking much better than other areas of the country being blasted by unseasonably cold weather.
Perry Olson has more on that.
This winter season is setting up to be both good, and bad for producers...the good should be seen in the spring, when winter wheat acres should be healthy thanks to lots of protection from the bitter cold...
(Jim Tarasenko, NWREC) "I think we have enough snow cover...we have about 8 inches of snow on the ground in Minot right now."
That blanket isn't something winter wheat acres in places like Kansas and Nebraska have now, and officials to the south expect massive losses in the crop come spring. Winter wheat was very popular this fall for growers who couldn't seed in the spring because of the wet conditions...and those wet conditions could make a return appearance when the thaw arrives in a few months...
(Jim Tarasenko, NWREC) "I think we froze up no the wet side, and then the snow...we could have a later planting spring. With that, if we get measurable rainfall with the ground so saturated it won't take much and will delay planting again."
The hope is 2014 won't be a repeat of '13 -- a frustrating year. Many acres went unplanted in the spring...but those that did get seeded fared very well. Decisions on 2014 are coming...
(Jim Tarasenko, NWREC) "They will decide what to plant based on what the spring looks like as it gets closer to the spring."
The hope is it will be a year where the crop can go in without mother nature's interrupters...In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.