Local Expert Says Crops Still Look Pretty Good...For Now
(Lakefield, Mn.)-- While the hot weather is less than desirable for us, a local expert says it's actually been good for crops...so far. The abnormally cold spring resulted in growing degree days running well behind average through the month of May. However Jim Nesseth of Extended Ag Services in Lakefield says thanks to the recent hot weather, we are now suddenly running AHEAD of normal for growing degree days...
"Right now we're at 496 growing degree days and historic averages are at 456, so we're getting, you know, 20 to 25 growing degrees a day here and, you know, it doesn't count over 85 degrees and so there's extra heat, the higher temperatures aren't really helping us too much as far as gaining ground there because once we get over 85 degrees, but it's been good to see everything kind of catch up."
Nesseth says overall the crops, especially soybeans, are looking really good right now...
"We're getting good root development, I guess with this drier weather in both the corn and soybeans and so that's a positive. So there's a lot of good things about where we're at with our crop development, when you look at things there, but we're certainly going to need some moisture."
Nesseth says crops in lighter, sandier soil are already starting to see some signs of stress. He says those in heavier soils should be able to go another two to three weeks before showing stress should we not receive any substantial rainfall.