STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Planting inches nearer
Much of the region's snow has melted, and hopes of a "normal" start to planting are, ever so slowly, beginning to grow.
Of course, as everyone involved with agriculture in this part of the world know... Posted on 3/19/14 at 9:17 AM
STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER Garden Time?
Our recent stretch of mild weather has the trees beginning to bud out, some south facing tulips already in bloom and the lakes in Becker and Otter Tail County free of ice. This of course has many peo... Posted on 4/9/10 at 2:22 AM
The start of planting usually varies substantially across the Upper Midwest. The erratic snow cover - deep in some places and almost non-existent in others - means some area farmers most likely will start much earlier than others.
Wheat on the Northern Plains has been on the defensive in recent years. Pressure from competing crops, particularly corn and soybeans, has led many farmers to quit growing wheat, or at least reduce how much they raise. Interest in corn and soybeans is strong again this spring, and wheat acreage could continue to decline.
Wheat lost ground big last week on improving conditions. The Wheat Quality Tour is estimating a much better than expected winter wheat crop while crop conditions in the Northern Plains have been close to ideal.
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