Late Start to the Planting Season


Farmers are making their first passes in the fields.
They got a later starter start to the planting season because of mother nature.
But, in Emmons County, it’s finally go time.
  There’s no place Wyatte Kalberer would rather be than in the fields planting — in April.
Wyatt Kalberer/farms near Hazelton: “In a perfect world we could be going anywhere between April 1st and April 10th.”
A late start.
But in order to plant wheat you need dry dirt, and just 2 1/2 weeks ago there was still snow on the ground.
Wyatt Kalberer/farms near Hazelton: “We always worry, but I’ve never seen when we don’t get it planted.”
The latest start he’s ever gotten was back in 2013, May 3rd was that date.
Wyatt Kalberer/farms near Hazelton: Earliest was in March.
And, the earlier the better.
Wyatt Kalberer/farms near Hazelton “Keep the wheat out of the heat, hopefully its done flowering by the time the heat gets here.”
He says things are going smoothly in this field just Northwest of Hazelton, beautiful planting conditions and dry dirt.
Maybe just a little too dry.
Wyatt Kalberer/farms near Hazelton: “Rain, rain, rain. (reporter) But then you couldn’t plant? Wyatt: wouldn’t bother me a bit.

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