Colder than average temperatures and decent snowfall totals during March have producers in the eastern part of North Dakota concerned with the potential of spring flooding, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. However, producers impacted by drought across the state in 2012 welcomed the additional precipitation.
Compared to nearly ideal conditions in March 2012, when spring wheat planting was already underway, there were no days suitable for fieldwork this year. Reports indicated that, on average, producers intended to begin fieldwork by April 22, compared to April 2 in 2012. The 2013 anticipated start date was still ahead of the 2011 average start date of May 7.
Statewide, average snow depth was 12.2 inches on March 24, compared with almost no snow cover on March 25, 2012 and 12.2 inches on March 27, 2011.
Weather Report: Precipitation and temperature data are now being provided through the High Plains Regional Climate Center.
You can also consult the latest United States Drought Monitor graphics. Note that you can click the map to see more detailed data on a specific region.
SOURCE: Northern Plains Potato Growers