Planting progress varies across northern Minnesota. Brent Halfmann says this spring has been a battle in the Stephen area. The crop looks good, but it’s late. “Wheat is mostly coming up. The soybeans are starting to poke through and we just got done planting dry beans.” At Strathcona, fieldwork is just beginning. Jim Kukowski had to open the ground to get it dry. “We started two weeks ago and it was almost fit. Then, it rained.” Karlstad, Minnesota farmers are planting around the wet spots. Kurt Aakre says the end is in sight. “The surface is dry, but it’s wet underneath.” Shallow planting and warmer temperatures allow for quick emergence. “The soybeans should pop up quick.” Hear the latest Crop Watch.