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Published April 08, 2013, 05:10 PM

Wheaton farmer is usually ready to start planting at this time of year

Wheaton, MN (WDAY TV) -- Those who have their finger on the pulse of any "forecast flood," know the direction to look is always south of here. What is happening near Wahpeton, and Wheaton is like looking into a crystal ball.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Wheaton, MN (WDAY TV) -- Those who have their finger on the pulse of any "forecast flood," know the direction to look is always south of here. What is happening near Wahpeton, and Wheaton is like looking into a crystal ball.

One look across some of the fields outside of Wheaton, and you realize what kind of winter farm families endured.

"I think we were over 20 inches the one that came the first part of February."

A fifth generation farmer near Wheaton, Pat Peyton, along with his brothers are often in the field or have planting equipment ready to go. Last year at this time.

Peyton: "Completely different there was wheat in the ground and poking through at this time. Today is the 8th. Couple days down the road last year, we would have put corn in. It won't happen til May."

That was last year, this year. Here sits the iron.

Peyton: "That is some of our spring tillage equipment sitting in the snow."

Old timers here tell the younger farmers, it has been while since we have seen this. So much snow, a late spring. Seed still in the bag.

"I have heard dates back to 1965."

Over the weekend, 12-mile creek in Dumont, began to break up and move. That water heads our way. It jumped two feet in a matter of hours, all because of a sudden that few predicted.

Don Montonye: "Must have been enough heat in that sunlight to do some significant melting."

The good news is the fields are starting to open up, the water starting to run and it is hoped there is enough storage at the white rock dam to spare Fargo any surprise releases.

The fields this spring will certainly have some catching up to do. One year ago grain was up and corn was in the planter. Don't look for many farmers to be out on the Minnesota Fishing Opener, there's a good chance they will be on a tractor seat.

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