Rain, Flooding May Cause Lost Acres, Prevented Planting in Northern Plains


Story by Mary Kennedy, DTN Basis Analyst

Heading into May 9, 2022, farmers in the Northern Plains and northwest Minnesota are behind on planting due to heavy snow, rain in April and now spring flooding.

Western North Dakota and parts of southern Canada saw massive snowfalls in April, and while the moisture helped ease drought conditions, spring planting was delayed. In northwest Minnesota and northeast North Dakota, the Red River of the North spilled out of its banks, causing small streams to flood roads and farm fields.

DTN collected comments from all over the state and Canada during the week of May 1.

“North Dakota and Minnesota certainly seem vulnerable to getting less acres planted than originally intended, especially if the 1- to 1.5-inch rains happen as forecasted during the May 7-10 period,” said Jim Peterson. marketing director, North Dakota Wheat Commission. “Northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota fields are quite saturated, and even without further rains, they are likely three weeks out from planting.”

Read more of this story from our partners at DTN/Progressive Farmer here: https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/columns/cash-market-moves/article/2022/05/09/rain-flooding-may-cause-lost-acres