Early planting? Late planting? Maybe both

This is shaping up to be another strange spring in the Upper Midwest.

Planting began unusually early last year; it came unusually late in 2011. This spring, the start of planting could vary more than usual.

I’ve talked recently with farmers and farm group officials in four states. They report that moisture conditions vary greatly within their states. Some areas, where snow is scare, could start planting quite early. In other areas, where snow is too plentiful, planting may be delayed badly.

The Upper Midwest is a big place. of course. Moisture conditions always vary, and the start of planting always varies within the region. But it appears the variance could be unusually wide this year.

If you think planting in your area will start early or late this spring, drop me a line.

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