Wet fields prevent Minn. farmers from planting crops


Minnesota farmers are eager to get into their fields, but Mother Nature is still forcing them to be patient.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says producers hope to begin full-scale fieldwork next week -- which is more than two weeks later than the five-year average.

"Snow is still visible along tree lines and other shaded areas throughout the state. Flooding is still a concern, especially along the Red River," the report said.

Despite the delayed start, the Associated Press reports corn yields in Minnesota don't typically suffer unless planting is pushed past mid-May.

Earlier this week, the Star Tribune said a third of the state’s corn crop is typically in the ground by now, but there’s been almost no planting or fieldwork so far this year.

The extra moisture is improving drought conditions across Minnesota, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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