Minnesota Farmers Get Good Week For Fieldwork Minnesota farmers are coming off their best week for fieldwork in nearly a month. Drier conditions gave farmers 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork last week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota says the weather allowed many farmers to catch up on herbicide and fertilizer spraying, and to make progress on the first cutting of alfalfa hay. Some farmers were able to replant soybeans and corn in drowned out areas.
Spring Fieldwork Off To Late Start In MinnesotaSpring fieldwork is off to a late start because of winter's stubborn grip on Minnesota. But yields shouldn't be hurt as long as farmers can get into their fields soon after Easter. Southeastern Minnesota got a fresh dusting of snow Monday. But fieldwork has barely begun. The forecast calls for below-normal temperatures with the possibility of more snow. Yet southern Minnesota is rapidly approaching the traditional start of its ideal period for planting corn.
Snow Delays Beginning Of Minnesota FieldworkThe persistent snow is delaying the beginning of fieldwork on farms across Minnesota. In its first weekly crop progress and condition report of the season for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says last week's heavy snow is one reason why no days were rated suitable for fieldwork last week. Planting of some early crops such as oats usually begins around now.
Rain, High Winds, Hail Slow Minn. Fieldwork Heavy rain, high winds and hail have slowed Minnesota farmers in the field.
Rain Slows Fieldwork In Parts Of Minnesota Rain and thunderstorms slowed fieldwork in some parts of Minnesota this past week.
High Soil Moisture Delays Minn. Farm FieldworkThe high soil moisture that's contributing to flooding across Minnesota is keeping farmers from getting started on fieldwork.
Major Fieldwork About 3 Weeks Off On Minn. FarmsIt's going to be about three more weeks before full-scale fieldwork begins on Minnesota farms.