Crop Update: Standing rain in fields could lead to crop diseases, yields could vary this harvest

By |2018-09-05T16:46:42-05:00September 5th, 2018|

Crop progress was favorable over the last month for many farmers, but now many fields in southern Minnesota are wet or have standing water after heavy rains over the weekend While the September rains might not have the impact on crops that June rains had, Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse says standing water can become an issue. "You can get a lot of stock diseases in corn and soybeans, so the plants will get weaker and then if we get some strong winds, as we usually do in the fall, tend to have more lodging and stock breakage. The other thing [...]

Experts urging farmers in southern Minnesota to stay patient despite planting delays

By |2018-05-15T14:54:14-05:00May 15th, 2018|

Scattered thunderstorms last week prevented farmers in southern Minnesota from making planting progress, leaving producers to wonder if they need to move to earlier corn hybrids or switch their acreage to soybeans. For now, Agronomists are advising growers to stick with planting full-season corn hybrids for another few weeks in the southern portion of the state.  Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse says his best guess is that producers will still try to plant crops in May. "The final planting date for corn in southern Minnesota isn't until May 31 and they may go to some earlier hybrids here as we move [...]

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