Nearly 3 million acres of Minnesota cropland haven’t been planted this spring, and on many of those acres, it’s now too late.
Weeks of cold, wet, gray weather have kept tractors out of the fields, tormented farmers and nudged grain prices higher. Ten percent of the state’s cornfields have yet to be planted, along with more than one-fourth of the soybean fields, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.
But the spring weather has not cooperated. Greg Spoden, assistant state climatologist, said the chilly-and-wet pattern has already rewritten parts of the record book.
“It goes all the way back to April, what we would normally think about as the start of the growing season,” Spoden said. “April was very, very cool — I know in some places in the state, it was the coolest April ever.”
…In a northern climate like Minnesota, the short growing season is always an issue.
It is just weather this year, but if this continues we should be concerned. Stay tuned.
George asked the question about declining temperatures in MN. Here is a quick look at Morris, which is in the middle of the corn growing belt: