Minnesota Farmer


Blown away
May 1, 2011, 6:23 am
Filed under: cold, Corn, Farm, Minnesota, planting, rain, spring, tillage, weather, wind | Tags: , , , , , , ,

The winds these past few days have been terrible.  Yesterdays gusts were nearing 40 mph and we have not had much of a let up all night.  They have been cold winds out of the north or west, not warm southern winds.

On the good side, what is left of the snow and field wet spots are rapidly drying up.  They dried so much that I took the digger out to till a few ruts I left in the field harvesting last years soybean crop.  The ground worked surprisingly well.  I had expected more mud than I found.

Our last rain event only left us with a tenth of an inch.  It was not enough to last with the windy conditions.  This bodes well for the start of corn planting.

I’ve seen plenty of action on the road, as farmers with their diggers and planters have been driving by, but not much field work.  The cold field temperatures and still present wet spots are holding many back.

With the calender screaming plant and the drying fields, I expect to get a bit of corn planted this week.  I know not all of every field is ready yet.  We have a broken drainage tile that is keeping part of one field very wet.  Most of the fields will be ready soon, and it’s time for the planting race to begin.

Michael

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