Planting is behind schedule on farms across North Dakota.
And every crop lags getting into the groud.
Jim Olson has more.
(Jim Olson, KX News) This is the latest forecast for rain over the course of the next week – and that means spring planting will be pushed back.
(Keith Neshem, Berthold Area Farmer) “2-and-a-half would be a little much but a half-inch to an inch wouldn’t hurt a thing.”
(Greg Fegley, Berthold Area Farmer) “Breaks are always nice but rain’s always good too. Can’t complain about rain.”
(Dan Mostad, Berthold Farmers Elevator) “We like to see that rain, it’s going to give a break to growers on seeding and then also crops in the ground will get a nice drink.”
(Jim Olson, KX News) Concensus is: the rain won’t hurt the growing season even if planting is delayed. Speaking of planting, Greg Fegley was wrapping up his canola seeding today, having to deal with taking some big swings around pot holes that are pretty wet.
(Greg Fegley, Berthold Area Farmer) “I guess the potholes are fuller than they’ve ever been but they’re going to be there so we’ll have to go around them.”
(Keith Neshem, Berthold Area Farmer) “We’re farming around a few more potholes this year than last year.”
(Jim Olson, KX News) Keith Neshem is putting soybeans in over last year’s corn stubble – and the beans are a crop he thinks might provide the chance for a profit this year in a market where most crops are break even at best.
(Keith Neshem, Berthold Area Farmer) “I would say soybeans are the bright spot right now. Even with the acres in the US being up substantially the price has held in there.”
(Jim Olson, KX News) The price problems can hurt the local elevator too. Berthold Farmers Manager Dan Mostad says it makes producers understandably cautious.
(Dan Mostad, Berthold Farmers Elevator) “A few years ago when prices were higher, if we were five cents away from somebody and they had to go a little farther they would still come to us. It just becomes a competitive marketplace.”
(Jim Olson, KX News) So farmers are facing another year of tight profit margins and racing to get the crops into the ground.
(Keith Neshem, Berthold Area Farmer) “Springtime – I’m full of anxiety but I enjoy it..”
(Jim Olson, KX News) You’re still smiling though…
(Keith Neshem) “That’s right…that’s right.”
(Jim Olson, KX News) Pretty much sums up the profession right there.
Near Berthold, Jim Olson, KX News.
There could even be a planting pause next week…thanks to the weather.