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.
Last year was Minnesota’s warmest year on record, surpassing 2011 when Moorhead had a heat index of 134 degrees.
University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seely said it’s a little too early to use the “D” word, but we’ve gone six weeks without a decent rain.