Farmers with flooded fields wonder if nature will allow time to replant


Some Minnesota farmers who thought they got their corn planted in the nick of time may now have to decide if they want to do it over again.

The Mankato Free Press reports the weekend downpours left a number of fields under water that will likely kill newly planted corn crops. Now those producers face a tight timeframe if they want to replant those fields with corn.

Farm management analyst Kent Thisse tells the Free Press the key factor will be how quickly the standing water evaporates. It may already be too late in the year for corn to be planted without yields suffering. Replanting with soybeans might be an option for some since that crop can be planted in mid-June without hurting yields, Thiesse says.

The St. Cloud Times notes corn planted now would not be fully covered by federal crop insurance. The deadline for soybeans is June 10.

The warmup in late May allowed many growers to get their crops in the ground. The USDA reported Monday that 93 percent of Minnesota's anticipated corn acreage was planted. But the late start means the plants are behind average in their development. The number of fields where plants have emerged is 13 percent below average.

The Times says this was the second-wettest spring on record in Minnesota, trailing only 1894.

This past weekend added to it, with some parts over central Minnesota getting more than four inches of rainfall in three days.

The heavy rains washed out roads in northeastern Minnesota. The Star Tribune says in 20 cities the deluge was too much for water treatment plants, resulting in raw sewage being dumped into lakes or rivers.

One of those cities was Mound, where untreated sewage was headed for Lake Minnetonka. That prompted the Health Department to advise no swimming in that lake.

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