University of Minnesota Extension crops educator Liz Stahl says the combination of recent snow and consistent rains haven’t improved crop conditions in the southwestern part of Minnesota. “Farmers just want to get into the field,” says Stahl. “Farmers are harvesting corn when they can. Stalk quality is still a concern. Root development isn’t strong. The roots weren’t able to excess a lot of the nutrients in the soil. That stresses out the plant. When the ears fill, the ears will take the nutrients. This can compromise stalk quality even more.” Stahl says farmers can wait until the ground freezes to harvest, but the snow would be the challenge.
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