Minnesota Farmer

Cold and rainy
April 19, 2012, 8:09 am
Filed under: cold, Corn, Farm, Minnesota, planting, rain, spring, weather | Tags: , , , , , , ,

It seems that the weather has flipped.  Today we are having March weather, and in March we had April weather.

The calendar is coming around to the time that we will begin planting corn here in Southwestern Minnesota no matter what the weather.  Cold will not stop us, because when the warmer weather gets here, we want the corn in the ground.  With daytime temps not breaking 50 it is going to be hard for the corn to get going, but we will have to take our chances.  The calendar says it is time.

The University of Minnesota says that we should be starting to plant corn in our area about April 23.  I have had many years when that was not possible.  The last recommended date to plant corn is May 20, with a April 25 to May 10 optimal window.

This year has been crazy since we could have had our corn planted and up by now, some do, and now the weather turns cold.  The risk of planting before now was too much for me.  Although most of the blooms and leaves in this area seem to have weathered the 16 to 20 degree weather we had last week, some plants did not.  We even had some snow just a few days ago, so the cold is far from past.

I was out in the field yesterday checking on soil conditions, and the soil is in good shape for planting.  The soil is damp, but not wet, and with the dry weather we had over winter, we still will need lots of water to keep the crops growing.  Unless this drizzle turns into a real rain I would expect to see farm folks in our area out planting at the first hint of sun from now on.  The calendar, after all, says it is time.



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I feel the same as you, like March and April swapped places weather-wise. We drove from Faribault to Vesta and back this weekend and didn’t see many farmers in the fields. Equipment ready and sitting in farm yards, yes.

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