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Farmers getting ready for planting season

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SLEEPY EYE, Minn. -

As the temperatures begin to feel more and more spring-like, farmers are eyeing the ground closely as they prepare to start planting.

Ag experts say planting will begin later compared to last year. Due to the 2012 drought and the below-average moisture this year, rain is especially critical.

The general manager of River Region Cooperative says right now subsoil moisture is very limited.

"There's enough moisture in the ground to get a crop started, but you know we're going to need 18-20 inches of rain this year, and that's not going to replenish any subsoil moisture," said Kevin Subart of River Region Cooperative.

River Region says farmers have been stocking up on seed and fertilizer at the cooperative, as they prepare to hit the field to get their crop in the ground.