Encouraging start to planting season in Minnesota


Encouraging start to planting season in Minnesota

An extension crops educator is encouraged by the start of Minnesota’s growing season.

Dave Nicolai with the University of Minnesota says there’s been quite a bit of progress.

“Not only for corn planting, but also soybeans have gone in the ground. Which is remarkable because we typically haven’t seen soybean planting this early in the state of Minnesota.”

He tells Brownfield sugarbeet planting should be nearly complete by the end of the month.

“Along with canning peas being planted in sequence as they are desired by the canning companies. But certainly the corn planting is probably the big story in terms of making a lot of progress.”

Nicolai anticipates a big jump from this past week’s 18 percent planted for corn when USDA releases its next crop progress report Monday.