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Farmers in the Field

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The snow is gone. 
The sun is out.
And farmers are in the field.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you there.

It's been a long winter.
(Jim Berreth / Farmer) "This is the deepest frost I have ever seen and the hardest. We had like 10 inches of rain last fall and the wetter the ground, the further it freezes. The frost is extraordinary this year.
Jim Berreth farms in the Driscoll area.
Berreth has been busy the past 8 days...applying anhydrous to get these fields ready for seed.
(Jim Berreth / Farmer) "Two days ago I almost got stuck. I dug donw about 8 inches and there is still frost in the ground, I guess it's still to early to plant but working really nice for anhydrousing.
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin "It was cold this winter and it's still cold, Berreth estimates at least two percent of this field still has frost in it."
(Jim Berreth / Farmer) "You wait for it to warm up. When it's wet on top and frsot undefrosth. It just gums up your tires, there is no going. We will come back It's probably only 2% of the field that i have to leave out. we will come back with the older tractor when it is dry. 
Berreth has been farming all his life and knows you never know what mother nature is going to throw at you.
(Jim Berreth / Farmer) "There is no typical year. What a good farmer does is adjust to what mother nature throws at him. That's all it is. If there ever was a good year or a perfect year, it would be real easy to be a farmer, but we adjust and adapt. "
Berreth plans to start seeding by Monday.
    The federal Agriculture Department now pegs the average start of field work at April 29. 
    The 10-year average start date in North Dakota is April 20. 
    The average over the past five years is April 25.
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