Planting window opening in southern Minnesota

A south-central Minnesota farmer says an early planting window is opening.

Tim Waibel grows corn and soybeans near Courtland, where some light rain is forecast today.

“And after the rain moves through it looks like it’s going to be a few nice days of weather. Right now it’s a little muddy yet in our fields, and when I say muddy it’s a matter of just a day of sunshine and a little breeze and we’ll be ready to go. And I think the field conditions should be excellent to get the crop in.”

He tells Brownfield tile lines are running, but conditions are dry.

“We certainly need rain. Last year we were full (of moisture) going into the season, and this year we’re somewhat the opposite.”

Waibel says crops will need timely rains to reach full potential this season.

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