Filed under: Corn, Farm, Minnesota, planting, rain, Soybeans, weather | Tags: Corn, dry spell, Minnesota, rain, southwestern minnesota, Soybeans, spring rains
We’ve been in a bit of a dry spell here in Southwestern Minnesota. Our winters snowfall was well below normal and spring rains have been few and far between. This dry spell has allowed us to make record planting progress on our corn and soybeans despite cooler temperatures.
Frankly, I have been more than a little concerned about the dry. Rivers, creeks and lakes are at low levels. Field tile have had some water in them, but not much. Any stirring of the soil surface has created lots of dust. There is some moisture in the soil, but is it enough to keep the crops going? We needed rain!
Today’s weather has helped that immensely. In the last 24 hours we have now had about nine-tenths of an inch of rain. Mostly it came down slowly, just drizzling out of the sky. There were a few episodes where the sky cut loose, but not many. This is just what we needed. Crops will now be off to a good start. When will it rain next?
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