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Published June 06, 2013, 07:13 PM

Difficult planting year for farmers after an ideal last year

Water-logged farmers say they wish they could turn back the clock one year, when dry conditions made for an ideal planting season. Fast forward to this year -- the majority of crops are in the ground here in Grand Forks County, but farmers say wet conditions make it hard to get back in the fields for even one day to finish the job.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Water-logged farmers say they wish they could turn back the clock one year, when dry conditions made for an ideal planting season. Fast forward to this year -- the majority of crops are in the ground here in Grand Forks County, but farmers say wet conditions make it hard to get back in the fields for even one day to finish the job.

Planting was much more of a struggle for local farmers this year than in 2012. Dry weather made planting a breeze last year. This year is the polar opposite.

Keith Drees: "This year we're about a month behind. Last year we were a month ahead."

Rain storm after rain storm keep pushing farmers out of the fields to finish their planting. Water from the first few storms this year was easily absorbed into the subsoil. but now that that's saturated, water from subsequent storms cause longer and longer delays for farmers each time. In the meantime farmers are keeping busy any way they can...

Keith: "Like today, I'm fixing a rock picker and doing things that don't necessarily have to be done."

...hoping they get a chance to finish planting before it's too late.

Brett Sauer: "When we get somewhere between the 20th and 25th of June, it's time to start thinking about maybe to soybeans, it's too late for soybeans."

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