Crop seeding may be delayed due to snowfall

MINOT, N.D. - Minot has received more than 50 inches of snow in the three major snow events the city has experienced this year, and although it is only the middle of January, farmers are still planning for seeding time.

The record snowfall has caused some concern among when planting time for crops will begin.

”I have no doubt that we will have a delayed seeding this spring. Even if we have a quick melt off, there's a lot of water that has to move across the soil. It's not going to evaporate. It has to either move down the soil profile or run off and in either one of those situations, we are going to have a delayed planting,” said Eric Eriksmoen, Research Agronomist at North Central Research Extension Center.

Although the extra moisture does sound like a bad thing, sometimes it can be a good thing.

”Extra moisture is, moisture is always a good thing when you're growing a crop. Obviously you don't want to have a water-logged soil. There are some plants like field peas, some of the legume crops, that are sensitive to water logged soils, so with those it can create issues, but on the other hand we need moisture, and moisture is good for the most part," said Eriksmoen.

NDSU Researchers also say that although the timeline for seeding will be delayed they are optimistic that the crop outlook will be good this year.