Problems for Crops Keep Expanding

Cold weather in the North is a problem for planting.

Although the drought in Texas and Oklahoma and the soggy fields in the mid-South and lower Midwest have gotten the most attention about possible problems for this year's crops, but the upper Midwest also has a situation that will impact crops.

"Parts of the upper Midwest have not seen temperatures out of the 40s yet this spring," says USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. "As a result soil temperatures remain only in the 30s and some soils are still frozen and still some snow pack across the northern half of the Corn Belt."

Rippey says these conditions are very unusual for this time of year and even though farmers may have been able to get into the fields, not much is going germinate with these soil temperatures.

"Between the wetness in the south and cold soil temperatures in the north, it's going to be a very slow start for spring fieldwork throughout the Midwest."

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