In late April, Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap posted on Facebook that he had driven 302 miles from his farm in Blue Earth County to Fargo, and not seen a single farmer working the fields in between.
That observation is amplified in today's Morning Glean at MinnPost. Brian Lambert writes:
Three percent. That’s all of Minnesota’s farm acreage that has been planted. Mike Hughlett’s Strib story says: “As of Sunday, only 3 percent of the state's spring wheat crop had been planted, compared with 96 percent at the same time last year and 41 percent on average by that date, according to a report Monday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Minnesota field office. Only 1 percent of the corn crop had been planted. By May 1, 2010, 84 percent of the state's corn was in the ground, and the crop's five-year planting average by that date is 46 percent.” Put another way, the horse[bleep] weather is NOT your imagination.
It's sunny today here on the wind-swept and very damp prairies of McLeod County.
Photo: Some unplowed fields below a cloud-filled sky in Kandiyohi County, May 1.