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Published May 09, 2011, 09:54 AM

Overnight storms may cause delay in planting

Sabin, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A week ago, we were measuring up snow totals. Now it's thunderstorms and the threat of severe weather. The overnight storms could mean a delay in planting.

This was the view last night from our Towercam. For farmers trying to get in the fields it was not a welcome sight.

TERRY ERICKSON - Valan Farms: “Fields were just starting to get real nice and ready to go. So we were moving along pretty good just getting going, but now it looks like we'll be down for another week here.”

Fargo's Hector field picked up .84 of inches of rain. Jamestown had slightly more coming in with .94. Much of the area saw around a third of an inch last night.

A couple of exceptions though: One little pocket between Jamestown and Ypsilanti saw about an inch an a half to 2 inches of rain and a similar pocket south of Fargo, Northern parts of Richland County, Southeast Cass, up in to Clay County saw a similar amount of an inch and a half to 2 inches. Running from the Walcott area up through Oxbow, Hickson and up into the Rustad and the Sabin area saw that 1.5 to 2 inches of rain last night.

Farmers had been out in these areas but the tractors are now silent.

TERRY ERICKSON - Valan Farms: “We're going to try to stick to schedule here, hopefully that as long as we're below the 20th of May, I think we're in pretty good shape yet.”

But that timing may be dependent on whether more water falls on these fields this week. Rivers however should see little if any increases from this rainfall because of the localized nature and that may be the one silver lining this week

The rain Sunday night will cause the Red in Fargo to drop a little more slowly, over the next 24 hours.