Minnesota Farmer

May Day snow

The weather people keep telling us that snow in April and May here in Minnesota has happened before, but enough already.100_2028

Two days ago I dug up the garden and planted some potatoes, radishes, peas and carrots, as of noon today here is my garden.  It’s under about 4 inches of snow.  Yes, we need the water, but does it have to be snow?100_2029

Does this boot track help you to understand our snow?

We have had some really nice weather since the last snow, but not enough to get fields dry enough to plant corn.  Last year was unusually warm and dry in the spring and I finished planting corn on April 30.  This year has been unusually cool and snowy and I have not yet started planting.

It’s not panic time yet.  We can plant the same varieties of corn for another 20 to 25 days, but every day we delay planting from the tenth of April on will result in less corn to be harvested.  Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to keep cleaning up the downed tree branches from the ice storm.  Dry weather will come.



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