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Associated Press, Published April 03 2012

ND farmers getting big jump on spring field work

FARGO — North Dakota farmers are looking to get an historic jump on their spring field work.

The Agriculture Department says in a report that Tuesday is expected to be the average starting date for spring field work in the state. April 3 would be the earliest average starting date since record-keeping began in the mid-1970s. The Grand Forks Herald reports that the previous mark was April 6 in 1981.

The April 3 date also is a month earlier than last year, when many areas experienced spring flooding. The Agriculture Department says this year, some North Dakota farmers say they need moisture.

The average starting date for field work over the past five years is April 20.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.