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Published May 14, 2013, 03:20 PM

Lake Region farmers gear up for spring planting

Farmers in Devils Lake say they're days away from the start of planting season. The late winter caused some concern that fields wouldn't be ready in time, but warmer weather has helped prepare the land for growing season.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Farmers in Devils Lake say they're days away from the start of planting season. The late winter caused some concern that fields wouldn't be ready in time, but warmer weather has helped prepare the land for growing season.

If it hadn't rained in Ramsey County yesterday, planting season would likely be underway right now. There are a few brave farmers putting crops in the ground in Southern Ramsey County, but the vast majority are waiting just a few more days. Hot temperatures are rapidly warming up cropland and farmers say excess water should be gone in about a week. The warmup has alleviated concerns about meeting crop insurance deadlines, which start coming in about ten days. Some producers are already prepping their land for crops, and should get in ahead of the deadlines without a problem.

Bill Hodous, NDSU Extension Agent: "Ten percent, or about that percentage of our producers are out there doing something out there in the field, whether it's fertilizing, chiseling, cultivating, whatever."

If the weather holds up over the next few days planting could begin in earnest by this weekend. Farmers in Northern Ramsey County north of Webster will likely have to wait a few days longer because of extra waters on farmland.

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