It’s been a west spring in southwest Minnesota and conditions are not improving by much. The area received over an inch of rainfall late last week on top of already saturated soils. Beaver Creek, Minnesota farmer and rancher Pete Bakken says all of his crops are planted, but they are behind schedule. Bakken’s biggest concern with the crop lies in the months to come. “We’re all at the mercy of Mother Nature. If it freezes at an average time, there’s going to be a lot of compromised corn in the sense of some of it might not even be black layered.” Making hay has also been a challenge. While Bakken has put up some bales, the quality is very poor. “It had about an inch and a half of rain on it. The regrowth looks great, though.” Hear the story.