Weekend frost nips some farm fields
By Carolyn Lange Today at 6:30 p.m.

WILLMAR—Two days of early morning frost over the weekend in west central Minnesota may cause problems for early planted crops.

Reports of damage vary in the region—and it will take another day or two to determine what the true impact will be—but so far it looks like most crops escaped serious harm.

Some crops, however, may have to be replanted.

“The moral of the story is we really need to give it a few days and see how crops responds to warmer weather,” said Kevin Beekman, director of the Farm Service Agency in Renville and Redwood counties. “We really won’t know for a few days.”

Crop consultants and insurance agents were busy doing field assessments Monday.

Jared Anez, from Anez Consulting in Willmar, said he saw some crop damage “everywhere” in southern Kandiyohi County and Renville County.

During a telephone interview while he was evaluating a corn field south of Danube, Anez said he saw plants that were “brown and mushy” next to some that had just light frost damage on leaves and some that had no damage at all.

So far, he had not seen corn plants killed by the frost.

“You can see the damage, but it’s too early to tell if we have to replant or not,” he said.

“In a couple days we’ll know how many plants will survive the stress of growing new leaf tissue,” Anez said. “If you can get it to survive, you really shouldn’t have any crop loss.”

Young sugar beet plants are typically sensitive to frost, but Kelvin Thompsen, president and CEO of the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative in Renville, said it appears sugar beet farmers “dodged a bullet” this time with minimal damage.

Read the full article on West Central Tribune’s website.