Forecast Of Possible Freezing Temperatures Causing Concern For Farmers & Gardeners

Thu 5-7-2020

(Lakefield, Mn.)-- Some chilly and wet spring weather is headed our way. In fact, the National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for most of the region for the next few nights for the potential for frost. That's causing concern for farmers that have crops coming up. Jim Nesseth of Extended Ag Services in Lakefield says young soybean plants could be impacted the most by freezing temperatures...Frost concerns 

"Corn of course it's not a big issue because the growing point is below the ground. Soybeans, a lot of times they're more vulnerable because those cotyledons, the growing points, are above the ground. But when the beans are smaller they seem to have a little bit of that waxy, thicker coating to the cell membranes and I think the ground temperatures are pretty good, they're warm, and so hopefully if we just stay around 32 degrees for an hour or two I think we'll be good."

Those with plants outdoors and things coming up in the garden should also be aware and take the necessary precautions.