Weather makes getting an early start on planting possible
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.