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Freezing temps do little harm to Minnesota crops

Freezing temperatures earlier this week (last week) were mostly positive for crops in the Upper Midwest.

University of Minnesota Extension crops educator Dave Nicolai says northern Minnesota experienced a freeze Tuesday night into Wednesday morning while other parts of the state saw frost.

“It might’ve helped from the standpoint of evening out the beans, and perhaps also some weed desiccation because of the colder weather.”

He tells Brownfield it doesn’t appear temperatures were cold enough long enough to inflict much damage on corn.

“Or even from an alfalfa standpoint in terms of going into dormancy, and now it’s warmed up quite a bit.”

Despite widespread planting delays this spring, Nicolai says the growing season has ended for most crops in Minnesota.

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