Warmer temperatures finally arrived during the week ending April 28, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota Field Office, April 29.
The warmer weather rapidly melted snow; however, snow is still visible along tree lines and other shaded areas throughout the state. Flooding is still a concern, especially along the Red River. Very limited field work has begun on higher ground and well drained fields. Muddy conditions led to difficulty moving livestock and slow pasture growth. Common farm activities were applying fertilizer, calving, and equipment maintenance.
There were 0.4 days rated suitable for fieldwork statewide, compared with last year’s 4.2 days, and the average of 3.4 days. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 2 percent very short, 15 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 13 percent very short, 37 percent short, 47 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Producers continue to anticipate full scale fieldwork to begin on May 7. Pasture conditions were rated 22 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 23 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.
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