Planters idle as more rain sweeps across Upper Midwest

Planters are idle as rain continues to move across parts of the Upper Midwest.

In west-central Minnesota, corn and soybean grower Tom Frisch tells Brownfield spring fieldwork began the week of April 22nd.

“We got rolling, got going good. We had a great week, and then the rain set in and we had one day in (before) rain set in again so we’re kind of at a standstill. We’re hoping in the next day or two to get going.”

He’s planted a third of his corn and a third of his soybean crop and says there’s no need to panic yet.

“This is probably more right on pace than what we’ve had the last few years. So if we can get going now, I mean the crop can go in the ground pretty fast. So we’ve still got some time.”

The Dumont farmer chairs the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

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