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Wet May could further slow planting

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If the National Weather Service’s new May forecast becomes reality, the Upper Midwest’s already-slow planting pace will slow even more.

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The NWS Climate Prediction Center’s May forecast, issued April 30, calls for below-average temperatures and above-average moisture in most of the region. The exceptions are northern Minnesota and extreme northeast North Dakota, where equal chances of below-average, average and above-average moisture are forecast.

So far, planting delays aren’t particularly worrisome, said Joel Ransom, North Dakota State University Extension agronomist for small grains and corn.

But further delays, which appear inevitable if the new forecast is accurate, would cause many fields to be planted later than normal.

“Late planting is not a good thing. Yields generally are better when crops are planted earlier,” Ransom said.

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