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Early planting could mean good yields

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Benson sets record low at 23 degrees Tuesday morning
By Reed Anfinson
Farmers have made good progress with planting their crops this spring and that could mean some very good yields during the fall harvest.
“Historically, early planting of corn usually results in higher-than-average corn yields in Minnesota,” Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse writes in his column on Page 7. “In six of the eight years that 50 percent or more of the state’s corn acres have been planted in April, Minnesota has set a record corn yield.”
Based on the May 2 USDA Farm Planting Progress Report, more than 60 percent of the corn crop was in. As of Sunday, 85 percent of the corn crop and 65 percent of the soybean crop were planted.
“Similar to corn planting dates, research does show that with favorable growing conditions, there is a yield advantage to planting soybeans in late April or early May,” Thiesse writes.
Tuesday morning the temperature fell to a record low of 23 degrees at the Benson Municipal Airport’s Natural Weather Service recording station. The old record low for May 11 was 27 degrees set just last year....
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