I just got off the phone with a farmer in northeast North Dakota who just got of his tractor. No, he hadn’t been working in his fields; he’d been moving snow after the most recent storm.
A year ago, he says, he’d already been planting for a week or so by the middle of April This year, he doesn’t expect to start planting until May, at the earliest.
The farmer says he isn’t seriously worried yet about planting delays. He also says he wants snow to melt, fields to dry and planting to begin as quickly as possible.
I think just about everyone involved in Northern Plains’ agriculture shares that sentiment. There’s no reason for panic, but a little healthy concern is in order.