Spring Planting Off to Slow Start

Melting snow made for soggy conditions limiting field activities across Minnesota with 0.2 day suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 7, 2019, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Some flooded rivers continued to recede, while standing water in fields is still prevalent with the melting snow. Reported field activities for the week were still scarce with some farmers fertilizing dryer fields where the ground was solid enough to support the equipment.

Topsoil moisture supplies were 42 percent adequate and 58 percent surplus.

Some reports stated that forages appear to be coming out of dormancy, although many areas still have frost in the soil. Respondents indicated no livestock concerns and that spring calving has been going well.

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