The Mankato Free Press
---- — ST. PAUL (AP) — The persistent snow is delaying the beginning of fieldwork on farms across Minnesota.
In its first weekly crop progress and condition report of the season for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says last week's heavy snow is one reason why no days were rated suitable for fieldwork last week. Planting of some early crops such as oats usually begins around now.
Eight-four percent of Minnesota's pasture land is rated in fair to good condition. Livestock producers in northwestern Minnesota report calving is progressing at a steady pace despite the difficult weather conditions.
Topsoil moisture supplies are rates 75 percent adequate and 22 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture is rated a little shorter because the frost remaining in the ground has prevented moisture from reaching subsoil levels.