Flooded fields and saturated soil conditions impacting area’s crops
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Flooding, ponding and saturated soils continue to impact crops across southwestern and south central Minnesota. Intense rains, ranging from six to eight inches or more in several counties in southwestern Minnesota July 3, exacerbated the wet conditions.
Potential damage to crops depends on several factors, including:
- Crop stage during the flooding/ponding
- Duration of the flooding/ponding
- Air/soil temperatures
- Rate of drying and soil type
Crop development stage is quite variable this season due to a wide range of planting dates.