Minnesota farmer plants ahead of winter blast

Farmers in the Upper Midwest hope the latest blast of winter-like conditions was a last hurrah for this spring.

Tim Waibel of Courtland in south-central Minnesota began planting corn Thursday knowing that below freezing temperatures and snow were in the forecast over the weekend.

“I know it’s cold now, but hopefully we get some warmer weather coming up (and) it sounds like it should be.”

Conditions in the region are expected to improve this week with temps in the 60’s and 70’s.

He tells Brownfield soils at two inches deep had cooled into the low 40’s in recent days.

“We kind of just looked at the calendar, looked at the forecast, and (decided) it’s time to get started planting.”

Waibel says he likes to get his crop planted early and is more concerned about the seed bed rather than soil temperature.

Waibel is the current president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

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