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Published April 08, 2013, 06:46 PM

Slow spring start delays farmers

Those who have their finger on the pulse of any flood forecast know the direction to look is always south of Grand Forks. What is happening near Wahpeton and Wheaton is like looking into a crystal ball.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAZ

Those who have their finger on the pulse of any flood forecast know the direction to look is always south of Grand Forks. What is happening near Wahpeton and Wheaton is like looking into a crystal ball.

Kevin Wallevand spent the day in rural Traverse County, where heavy snow this winter has slowed the spring thaw dramatically.

One look across some of the fields outside of Wheaton, and you realize what kind of winter farm families endured. A fifth generation farmer near Wheaton, Pat Peyton, along with his brothers are often in the field or have planting equipment ready to go.

Pat: "Completely different, there was wheat in the ground and poking through at this time. Today is the 8th. Couple days down the road last year, we would have put corn in. It won't happen until May."

The good news is the fields are starting to open up, the water starting to run and it is hoped there is enough storage at the white rock dam to spare Fargo any surprise releases. The fields this spring will certainly have some catching up to do.

One year ago grain was up and corn was in the planter. Don't look for many farmers to be out on the Minnesota Fishing Opener, there's a good chance they will be on a tractor seat. Meanwhile, Corps officials at the White Rock Dam near Wheaton has drawn down the water as far as it can, to allow storage from the spring melt.

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