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Dry Weather Helps Minnesota Farmers Catch Up On Planting

Minnesota farmers are taking advantage of good weather to catch up on their spring planting.

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Photo: Paul Seipel
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Cold, Precipitation Put Damper on Minnesota Spring Fieldwork

Below-normal temperatures and intermittent rain and snow combine to put a damper on spring fieldwork across Minnesota.

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Soaking Rains Hamper Final Fieldwork at Minnesota Farms

Soaking rains followed by snow prevented Minnesota farmers from getting much final fieldwork done last week. In its final crop progress and condition report of the year for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that only 2.2. days were suitable for fieldwork last week.

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Weather Helps Minnesota Corn Harvest Hit 96 Percent Complete

Minnesota's corn harvest is now 96 percent complete, putting it 12 days ahead of last year's pace and five days ahead of the five-year average.

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Minnesota Farmers Still Making Good Progress On Harvest

Despite a week of having the fewest days suitable for fieldwork in a month, Minnesota farmers continue making progress in the harvest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in the weekly Minnesota crop report only 5.3 days were suitable for fieldwork in the week ending Sunday.

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Peter Ackerman begins to harvest his crops. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
Peter Ackerman begins to harvest his crops. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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Crop Prices May Not Reflect Record Harvest Farmers Are Expecting

Excellent weather conditions over the Spring and Summer has farmers already hitting the fields for the fall harvest. Area farmers are preparing for what could be a record harvest. University of Minnesota Extension educator Dan Martens says even with the increased productions, market prices still remain low.

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Recent Rainfall Grows Potential For Great Crop Yield This Fall

The recent rainfall this past week has been a good thing for central Minnesota farmers. University of Minnesota Extension educator Dan Martens says there is a lot of good looking crops around the state, which should help around harvest time.

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New Law Soon To Require Farmers To Add 50-Foot Buffer Between Crops and Public Lakes

A new state law is waiting for Governor Dayton's approval which will require farmers to install a 50-foot buffer between their crops and public lakes, streams and ditches. A conservation buffer is an area of permanent vegetation that helps control pollutants and manage other environmental concerns before they hit the water.

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Good Weather Boosts Minnesota Small Grain Planting

Minnesota farmers have made early strides in planting small grains, thanks to good weather.

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Early Spring Has Farmers Hoping For Early Planting Season [AUDIO]

With winter hopefully at an end farmers are looking towards Spring and an early planting season. University of Minnesota Extension educator Dan Martens says with the recent mild temperatures some farmers have already started work in the fields.

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