Dry Spring Comes with Pro’s & Con’s for Area Farmers
Ada, MN — Farmers are getting a good jump start on the 2021 season thanks to the dry conditions. During our first Farm and Field Show of the year yesterday, some growers already reported finishing up their barley and wheat planting and many others are working on fertilizing. Mike Nelson with West Central Ag Services says those to the west of Highway 9 were able to get in the fields first, while most of those to the east were just getting started these past couple days. But while wheat and barley planting appears to be going well, Nelson says farmers should think carefully about the temptation to plant other crops.
Because the spring was so dry this year, a big concern for growers was topsoil erosion with high spring winds. Evan Skaurud of Skaurud Grain Farms between Gary and Mahnomen says cover crops were a big help in preventing their valuable soil from blowing away.
Some farmers had to take a more active approach for keeping their dirt in the fields. Dave Steen of Corey Jacobson Farms in Ada says they utilized packing equipment to get their soil to stick.
You can catch the Farm and Field program every Wednesday from 2-5pm on 106.5 KRJB.