Heavy rains could cause crusting in parts of Minnesota

Soil crusting could be a problem in newly planted fields where wet and warm conditions have been prevalent.

University of Minnesota Extension Integrated Pest Management specialist Bruce Potter says windy weather is another contributor.

“You’re going to be needing to look for crusting on some of this ground that’s planted.”

He tells Brownfield a rotary hoe, drag, or more moisture can help break up the crust.

“Problem is, some guys put the stuff in a little bit on the wet side. And if you do that, then you kind of need it to stay wet for a while to help even things out.”

Potter is based in Lamberton in southwest Minnesota and says variable rains have brought as much as four inches to the region in recent days.

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