Spring season outlook for producers

Spring is on the way. 

This means both farmers and ranchers are gearing up for calving and planting season

Reporter Nathalie Gomez tells us what we can expect in the coming months

It might only be February but if you’re a farmer or rancher you know it’s about to get really busy. 

“I’m assuming that we’re going to be a little dry in the first part of the year and we’ll see how summers go –farmers want rain in the summer not the snow in the winter,” said producer Cliff Tollefson.

Tollefson is a local farmer and rancher and just like everyone in this room planting season as well as calving season are at the top of his mind.

“We’re looking at making sure they’re staying warm and if there’s any early calving that happens we’re ready with that,” said Tollefson.

He hopes that the next few weeks start warming up but if they don’t. 

“You gotta be prepared for what’s out there and it’s nothing that we’re not used to,” said Tollefson.

Nathalie Gomez: Last year farmers could not get into the field until about May which is considered late the good news is that this year they’re predicting they will be out on the field in April, right on time”. 

“I really think spring in the sense of April and May is looking quite favorable,” said Daryl Ritchison with NDAWN. 

Ritchison is a meteorologist for the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network, he’s been giving weather updates for over 20 years.

“I understand there’s a lot of snow but I think that will get absorbed,” said Ritchison.

and although the weather can sometimes be unpredictable he bases his predictions on patterns from the past…

“I can’t tell you that it’s going to be 87 and sunny on July 14th but the overall pattern usually you can get that reasonably close if people understand where you’re coming from when you give those types of forecasts,” said Ritchison.

Either way, he’s confident this spring will be better than last year’s.

We also asked producers if any of the recent tariffs affected the way they were planting this year. 

One said changes in price happens every year so the tariffs didn’t really affect him. 

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