Nov. 24—AMBOY — With corn and soybeans safely in grain bins, fields tilled and resting for the winter, area farmers are looking back at a fall harvest that was better than many had expected.
"Right in this area, everybody was pleased with their yields," said Tom Hoverstad, a scientist at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca.
Nov. 2—September was very dry and October nearly as parched, leading to some of the driest months on record.
"If we don't get much precipitation in November, we could have our driest fall ever. We've had several Novembers with no real precip," said Tom Hoverstad, scientist at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca.
Meteorologist Brent Hewett from the National Weather Service forecast office in Chanhassen said the Mankato area has received 15 to 18 inches of rain or liquid equivalent in snow since the first of the year.
"We should be at 24 to 25 inches of liquid equivalent of rain, so you're 7-10 inches below normal for the year."
Black rot has been harming many of the state's broccoli crops as farmers face erratic weather patterns.
“It's a little dry out,” said Tom Hoverstad, scientist at the University of Minnesota's Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca.
Tom Hoverstad Scientist at the Southern research and Outreach Center at Waseca speaks about the previous month's weather.
It seemed this year the rainfall was very spotty or "hit and miss." It seemed storms would develop west of Waseca and follow Highway 14 to Owatonna, Rochester and then to southeastern Minnesota. For the growing season Tom said at Waseca they were only 1 inch below normal. However, over in Lamberton they were 5 inches below normal. Then in Northern Rice County I talked to a farmer that only received 2 inches of rain since the 1st of June!
Jeff Vetch, a nutrient management researcher at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca, said farmers are going to see prices roughly 40% to 45% higher than last year.
The University of Minnesota has released a new hard red spring wheat variety called ‘MN-Rothsay.’ MN-Rothsay features a good combination of yield, protein, and disease resistance and exceptional straw strength.
As “slow as molasses in January” aptly describes the start of the 2022 growing season in Minnesota.
About a foot of frost remained buried at 24-36 inches at the Lamberton Southwest Research and Outreach Center as of April 25. While temperatures climbed into the 70s on April 23, nighttime temps plummeted into the 20s and 30s the very next day. Most days in April had trouble reaching 50 degrees.
At the Waseca Southern Research and Outreach Center, soil temperatures were about 15 degrees below normal as of April 26.
Minnesota Ag Stats reported planting progress as of April 24 was the lowest since 2013.
“Last spring it wasn’t warmer, but it was so much drier and a lot of people had a lot of their crops in before the 1st of May. This year most won’t have any crops in by May 1,” said Tom Hoverstad, a scientist at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca.
Strategic Farming: Let's Talk Crops, Focusing on Sulfur
Sulfur (S) might be considered a secondary nutrient, but it is essential for crop production. Historically, sulfur fertilizer was recommended on low soil organic matter soils and coarse-textured sandy soils, according to Jeff Vetsch, a soil scientist at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca.