Spring 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.
The 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.
Heavy rain, high winds and hail have slowed Minnesota farmers in the field.
Rain and thunderstorms slowed fieldwork in some parts of Minnesota this past week.
The high soil moisture that’s contributing to flooding across Minnesota is keeping farmers from getting started on fieldwork.
It’s going to be about three more weeks before full-scale fieldwork begins on Minnesota farms.