Minnesota farmers hoping to get into the fields soon for chemical application should be cautious, according to Dave Nicolai University of Minnesota Extension crops educator. He says the hope is we have a dry spring:

“Get into the field here in a lot of Minnesota if we can, for corn and soybeans to really start at the end of April. So yet to be determined, but if we have excessive rains that could really put us behind.”

Nicolai says the first thing that needs to happen is for the ground to become frost-free, which is an ongoing process. He cautions that farmers who rush to get into the fields risk soil compaction and other damaging factors. He says the target for fieldwork should be in April.