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Fieldwork delayed by cold, moist spring: Frost went into soil as deep as 8 feet, soil specialist says

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A cold, icy April delayed the average start of farmers’ fieldwork to May 1, according to the Agriculture Department’s newest crop and weather report.

The average start date for the past five years in North Dakota has been April 25, according to department statistics. Seed-killing frost has penetrated the soil as deep as 8 feet down in areas like Emmons County, said state extension soil specialist Dave Franzen.

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