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Spring parallels bode well for Minnesota farmer

A farmer in southern Minnesota sees similarities between this spring and last spring.

Tim Waibel of Courtland says he started planting corn Wednesday.

“And last year we had ideal planting conditions, and this year the fields are actually in very good condition as well.”

He tells Brownfield subsoil moisture levels seemed to be fully recharged going into the spring.

“I think last year people just pushed it. And I think a lot of folks realized that even though we were pushing the calendar, field conditions were perfect, and we ended up with a good start to the growing season.”

The season also ended well as Minnesota corn farmers achieved record yields in 2020, averaging more than 200 bushels per-acre.

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

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