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USA: Soil scientist sees positives of mild winter

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Published Feb 22, 2024

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According to Jeff Strock, a soil scientist at the University of Minnesota, the unusually mild winter could yield positive results for crop farmers. The warmer temperatures have resulted in shallow frost depths, enabling precipitation to infiltrate the ground and replenish soil moisture. This could potentially allow for early planting, especially for small grains, as the soil warms up faster. Despite the lack of snowpack, the water equivalent in southwest Minnesota is nearly the same as the total from a very snowy winter the previous year.
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A soil scientist based in the Upper Midwest sees mostly positive outcomes for crop farmers as an abnormally mild winter continues. Jeff Strock with the University of Minnesota says warmer than normal temperatures have kept frost depths shallow. “It’s allowed some of the precipitation, whether it had been snow or rain, to actually infiltrate into the ground and actually replenish some of that soil moisture that’s kind of been depleted.” He tells Brownfield warmer soils could also result in early planting. “So things like small grains, the soils are going to be warming up fairly quickly once we get to that point for planting. We’ll have a decent bed of moisture out there, so the ...
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