Farmer says corn planting should get underway later this week

South Central Minnesota Farmer Tom Haag says the planting season is off to a slow start due to cool and wet conditions in his area.  

“We need that sunshine to come out and get into the 60s. We are supposed to be into the 60s later this week,” he says. “I was out checking a few of the fields yesterday and they’re coming along. If we can get this warmth and keep the rain away, our goal is to start putting some corn in the ground on Thursday or Friday.”    

He tells Brownfield he typically likes to start planting in April.

“This is a little late again. This is the same time we started last year, but normally if we can get going by April 25, we’re happy,” he says. “If you had the ideal conditions and wanted to plant, generally this first week of May is the best because the ground has already warmed up a little bit and it’s ready to go. But we’ll go when Mother Nature says we can go.”

Haag is president of the National Corn Growers Association. He raises corn and soybeans in Eden Valley, Minnesota.

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