With a lot of snow melt over the weekend, University of Minnesota Extension crops educator David Nicolai said farmers should not panic about getting their crops in the field at this point.
He said with a little more cooperative weather in the coming weeks, growers can probably stick with their original planting plans because, “We’re not that late, typically when we look past the middle of May, past May 15th, that’s what I consider being late.”
He added, however, that the amount of April and May rainfall will factor into planting progress, as well. “We’ve been having cooler nights, and below freezing recently, so we’ve got to elevate not only that day time temperature, but that night time temperature, as well, and dry things out,” he explained.
Nicolai said if farmers can get their crops into the ground by the third week of May, they should not have to resort to shorter maturity hybrids or varieties.