UNDATED -- Our cold weather has pushed back the spring planting season in Minnesota.

University of Minnesota Extension Educator Dan Martens says farmers are about two weeks behind schedule.  He says farmers like to have all of their small grains planted by now, and are usually moving on to corn planting by the last week in April.  He says the next couple of weeks will be critical.

However, Martens says he doesn't expect area fields to be dry enough for planting until late next week -- if we don't have any rain before then.  And the forecast is calling for rain tonight (Friday) and tomorrow.