Below you will find the daily maximum and minimum air temperatures, 2-inch soil temps, and 24-hour precipitation amounts for this week. These values are recorded at 8 AM and reflect the conditions for the previous 24-hour period (8 AM to 8 AM) at the Southern Research & Outreach Center, Waseca.

      Air Temp.   2” Avg. Soil Temp.*  
Date   Max. Min.   2019 25-Yr Avg. Precip.  
    – – – – – – º F – – – – – –   – – – º F – – – inches  
Thursday 4/18 51 39   44 50 1.49  
Friday 4/19 52 35   44 51 —-  
Saturday 4/20 60 38   48 51 —-  
Sunday 4/21 77 47   51 49 T  
Monday 4/22 86 45   59 51 0.07  
Tuesday 4/23 49 36   46 51 0.28  
Wednesday 4/24 64 39   52 53 —-  

                        *Bare soil

   Spring has arrived in southern Minnesota and along with it our first edition of a weekly crop weather update. We had a harsh winter and spring has not been early this year. Snow and cold weather dominated the winter particularly in February when 30.8 inches of snow fell making it our snowiest February on record. The entire winter brought 71.6 inches of snow, about 20-inches more than normal. Since 1950, we have been keeping records on snow fall, and we average four snow events of more than 4-inches during the winter. This winter we had 10. Previously we had never observed more than 8.

            After dealing with excess precipitation all winter a dry spring would have been nice and so far we have been close to getting dried out but more precipitation has come just in time to cause more delays.

            Temperature this week averaged 51.2 degrees which is 2.4 degrees warmer than normal. Rainfall totaled 1.84 inches which is 1.08 inches more than normal. Soil temperature at the 2-inch depth averaged 49 degrees this week about two degrees cooler than normal.

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            Last year this week we were nearing the end of our worst April in history. Temperature averaged 38 degrees, four inches of snow fell and soil temperatures were 34 degrees.

            A very little bit of field work has been done in the area where rainfall totals were less. Some fertilizer has been applied and some corn is in the ground. Most need another day or two of dry weather to get started. With soil temperatures near where they should be this time of year, planters will be rolling as soon as we get dried out.