Planting Woes Are Rampant

A North Dakota farmer tells me that he expects to finish planting today, about three weeks later than a year ago. He’s battled a late spring and frequent rains to get in his crops.

But he stresses he’s not feeling sorry for himself. “A lot of farmers around the area have it much worse than we do. Yeah, planting has been a struggle for us here, but we know we’re pretty lucky,” he says.

That’s the kind of spring it’s been in much of the Upper Midwest. Just getting in your crop, regardless of the headaches involved, makes you one of the lucky ones.

I’m hearing about farmers across the region, not just rain-drenched northeast North Dakota, who haven’t been able to plant big chunks of their land. If you or a family member falls into that category, drop me a line.