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Weather makes getting an early start on planting possible

East Grand Forks farmer Mike O'Leary plants sugarbeets with a 24 row planter south of the city early Wednesday before being stopped by rain. It was the second day of planting for O'Leary who welcomed rain for the dry topsoil. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald1 / 2
East Grand Forks sugarbeet farmer Mike O'Leary, left, decides to shut down planting Wednesday morning as the rain begins. Gene Karels, right, delivering a load of fertilizer, gets ready to drive it back to the farm. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald2 / 2

Rain kept Mike O’Leary from working past 10:30 a.m. in his fields south of East Grand Forks on Wednesday, but he said he was pleased even if the conditions made for a short day.

“We got into the fields earlier than I thought we were going to,” said O’Leary, who started planting Tuesday. “Actually, I wanted the rain.”

His April 22 start for his wheat and sugar beet planting is more than two weeks ahead of last year, when he waited until May 9 to get into the fields.

It could be until after the weekend before the weather gets dry enough to resume work. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks has rain and even some snow in its forecast until Tuesday.

While he welcomes the moisture, O’Leary said he looks forward to getting the soil in shape to for fieldwork.

“What we need is warm temps,” he said.

Christopher Bjorke

Christopher Bjorke is the content editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He first worked for the Herald in 1997 and most recently since 2011. His jobs at the Herald have included covering local government, state politics, business and economics, and the health care industry. 

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