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Flood Risk Threatens to Delay Wheat Sowing in Dakotas, Minnesota

  • Deep snow still lingers on saturated ground, raising risk
  • Red River Valley is one of the most fertile areas of the world
A beaver swims along the Red River in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in May 2021.
A beaver swims along the Red River in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in May 2021.Photographer: Shannon VanRaes/Bloomberg

The risk of major flooding in the fertile Red River Valley and continued snow cover across Minnesota and North Dakota threaten to delay planting across the region for weeks, U.S. government forecasters said in a call with reporters. 

Heavy snow and saturated soils mean The Red River of the North, which serves as the border between the two states and flows on into Manitoba, including through downtown Winnipeg, will likely see the worst flooding in the U.S. this spring, the meteorologists said in a seasonal forecast Thursday.