Rains bring frenetic planting pace to a halt in parts of Upper Midwest

Many farmers in the Upper Midwest are catching their breath following a very productive start to May.

Jared Goplen is an agronomy manager for Wyffels Hybrids and covers southwest Minnesota, eastern South Dakota, and northwest Iowa.

“I think the 2023 planting season is going to be one to remember. It was very quick, we had a really nice window starting basically May 1st when the vast majority of acres went in, both corn and soybeans. And they really went into really excellent conditions in most cases.”

He tells Brownfield spotty showers in recent days have slowed progress.

“You don’t have to go very far where you go from maybe a 4 inch rain all the way down to either a nice 1 inch rain or even nothing at all. So thundershowers certainly have caused some flooding, which is a little bit concerning in terms of potential crusting. I know some of the rain came very, very quickly.”

Goplen says some farmers might have to replant but overall emergence looks good.

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