Early frost a concern for Minnesota farmer


Early frost a concern for Minnesota farmer

A west central Minnesota farmer is concerned about an early frost following planting delays this spring.

Jamie Beyer of Wheaton says some of her soybeans didn’t get planted until the end of June.

“One thing my husband and I were chatting about was he said we’re all thinking about what’s happening now, but looking looking towards harvest these beans are so behind, he’s thinking harvest might be in October for us. And then we’re running up against a frost or two.”

She tells Brownfield it will take longer for her soybeans to canopy, which creates a more urgent problem.

“Certainly when the rows aren’t closed, that’s our first layer of non-chemical protection for weeds. It’s going to be a challenging and expensive year.”

Beyer says other expenses that worry her are diesel costs to fuel equipment and propane to dry down crops.