Snow brings optimism for farmers

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MINOT, N.D. - Last week's snow gave farmers a boost of optimism for this year’s planting season.

The 2017 drought took a toll on farmers and their crops.

Before last week's snow storm, researchers at the North Central Research Center say there was hardly any moisture in the ground.

Now they say the snow melt will give the soil at least an inch of moisture in reserve.

“We're a little more optimistic about the year going into planting season and the amount of moisture is not enough to finish the crop off but it's certainly enough to get it started so we're optimistic about the year and what it may bring,” said Eric Eriksmoen, research agronomist.

For more information about planting season and tips, you can visit the North Central Research Center’s website at