Better Planting Conditions Expected in Mid-May

World Weather Incorporated Senior Agricultural Meteorologist Drew Lerner says it could be the second week of May before temperatures start to warm up and fields dry out in North Dakota and Minnesota. “The big concern I have is will the window of opportunity for drying down and firming the soil be long enough for us to get into the field before we return to the wet bias? I do think there’s reason to expect to go back into some wetter bias conditions later in May.” The planting window could get tight. “Folks will need to stay focused on the timing of the break that we get and hope that we get enough drying. It will be a tough time for the wetter areas: the heart of North Dakota and in northern Minnesota.”