Filed under: Corn, Farm, Minnesota, planting, rain, seasons, Soybeans, spring, weather | Tags: Corn, Planting, rain, Soybeans, spring, spring rains
After a below normal moisture winter and early spring, the rains have begun to come. We’ve had a little sun, a little rain, and not much for heat. Still corn is beginning to emerge and soybeans to sprout. Every time we get a dry period I see more and more fields that have been planted. We are by no means done with planting here in Southwestern Minnesota, but we are getting closer.
The lack of heat is causing some distress for the corn plants that have emerged. Long periods of cloudy wet weather leave young corn plants looking a bit yellow. Then we get a dry, warmer day or two and the corn plants get a chance to green up as they draw nutrients out of the soil.
Topsoil moisture conditions have improved greatly. Now they are almost a bit too wet when you dig down a few inches. Still the subsoil areas are dry and that keeps the water on the top moving down. I’ve even seen some recovery of small ponds and creeks as the rains continue. That is really good news.
I’m just about done with planting soybeans. I’ve been waiting for a tile repair crew to come into the last area I have to plant. That crew showed up yesterday, and today it rains. So now I wait for a bit more dry and some heat. Once the soil conditions are right I only need part of a day to finish planting. We’ll get the planting done when the weather allows.
3 Comments so far
Leave a comment