Rain, cold stall farmers at start of farm year
WILLMAR — It could be the middle of next week before farmers in west-central Minnesota get into the fields to begin planting this year’s corn crop.
What is needed is a string of nice days, with sunshine and warm temperatures, to warm the soil after the long, hard winter and after up to 4 inches of rain this week.
“We are patiently waiting,” Clarkfield-area farmer Doug Albin said Friday morning, the tone of his voice contradicting the words of his statement. “It is nice to see the sun today, we need to get into spring here.”
Albin recorded 2½ inches of rain this week, with areas around his farm receiving 3 inches. His farming operation has been at a standstill since some early spring wheat planting.