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John Fortin grabs a new oil filter to replace the old one on a John Deere 8400 tractor Wednesday on the Staveteig farm four miles south of Grand Forks. Fortin was helping Richard and Steve Staveteig ready equipment for spring planting which has been delayed by a cool, wet weather and soggy fields. Herald photo by Eric Hylden.

Farmers wait out long wet season

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Leaden skies dripping rain made Wednesday good only for indoor work for farmers.

Fields already sodden from last fall took on more water, pushing back an already late planting season.

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Richard Staveteig wheeled a John Deere 8400 tractor into the shop in the afternoon, and John Fortin quickly put 5-gallon plastic pails underneath the engine and unscrewed the plug to drain the oil.

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