Let’s hope the forecasts are right

It’s tough to sum up the condition of area crops, at least the fields in eastern and central North Dakota that I saw over the Father’s Day weekend.

Some early planted wheat fields look very good. They’ll be headed out by the Fourth of July and have the potential for above-average yields.

Some late planted corn and soybean fields haven’t emerged yet. They’ll need a lot of favorable weather to achieve even average yields.

And there are fields and parts of fields that are a soggy mess. They didn’t get planted, and won’t dry out in time to be planted.

One thing is certain: temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s would, on balance, be best for area crops.

Weather forecasts for the next few days are promising. Keep your fingers crossed.

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