The soil temperatures are getting close to the freezing point with the colder weather of the past couple of weeks. In most locations any freezing of the soils has only been in the top couple of inches, but clearly the frozen soil season will be with us soon. Because of the drier than average warm season this year, most of North Dakota has top soils that are drier than average for the time of year. If this winter ends up with above average snowfall, the drier soils will help lessen the flood potential to some degree. The bad news with the drier top soils is if we do not see much rain next spring, the 2018 growing season would start off quite dry.