Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Thawing out, Drying up

The fields are clear of snow now and in the process of draining and drying.
There is water in the low spots on most fields. 
The isn't surprising, since there is still snow in the shelterbelts along the edge of the fields.
We had good snow cover throughout the winter and where the ground is well covered, it does not freeze. Where the bare land is exposed to our winter temperatures, it freezes several feet down into the ground. All of this has to even out and the soil temperatures must rise well above freezing before planting can begin. Spring tillage can begin as soon as the field is thawed and dry enough to hold up the equipment.

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