Heat catches planting delays in Minnesota

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Heat catches planting delays in Minnesota

There are concerns that extended delays in corn planting in parts of the Midwest could limit yield potential.

Austen Germolus, a farmer in northwest Minnesota, said he couldn’t start planting until late May, but recent heat is helping the harvest catch up.

“It was cold (this spring), the trees hadn’t even put leaves (and) the ground was cold. And once (time) turned around, it turned around pretty quickly. And once you planted your crops, it didn’t take long for them to sprout (and emerge) from the ground. So I think everything went normally even though it was late.

He tells Brownfield a few 100-degree days and nice rain on Monday night makes him confident about pollinating the corn once July rolls around.

“We will be on the right track. Usually we like to say “knee high by 4th of July” with corn, and I’d say a large majority of corn will be in that state or beyond.

Germolus says many farmers in his area have considered opting for a shorter maize season, but most “stick to their plan” despite the late start to planting.

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