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Mild weather delays winter farm tasks

The unusually warm winter is impacting the movement of crops to market.

Josh Gackle is a south-central North Dakota farmer and President of the American Soybean Association. He says, “Yeah, there’s still frost that’s still in the ground but you know, we’re actually getting some load restrictions put on in certain parts of the state already which is really unusual. That’s about a month ahead of time.”

Gackle says the early road weight restrictions are having an impact on his and other farming operations. “That changes things on the farm, too, I mean, that’s one of the things we really like to get done in the winter is get that crop moved from the farms to the elevators, and it might put a little bit of anxiety into the winter work, here.”

Local road weight restrictions are already in play in other states including Michigan and Wisconsin.  Minnesota ended their winter load increased limits on February 2nd.

Gackle says he’s hoping for an early spring since, like many in the Midwest, he has seen mild temperatures in the 40s and 50s in January and early February.

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