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Farmers taking snow in stride?

Twitter offers a snapshot into harvest progress (or lack thereof)

Ben Potter, Senior editor

October 12, 2019

3 Min Read
The first snowfall of the season blanketed parts of southern and northeastern Minnesota on Oct. 14, 2018. Taken near Claremon
Janet Kubat Willette

It’s harvest time! Or is it?

A round of snow and freezing weather has been raking across the Northern Plains and upper Midwest, disrupting fieldwork in the northern U.S. and Canada for the past several days.

This is happening alongside a slower-than-normal pace of harvest, with corn progress at just 15% and soybean progress at 14% as of October 6. Even this year’s spring wheat harvest, which is typically concluded by early October, still has 10% to go.

But farmers nonetheless have had a (mostly) positive attitude from the latest curveball that Mother Nature has thrown in an already chaotic season. Many took to Twitter to share photos and observations about their latest weather woes. Here is a sampling of what they’ve seen.

How are field conditions in your area? We want to hear from you. Click here to share what’s been happening lately. The results will be compiled in next week’s Feedback From The Field.


About the Author(s)

Ben Potter

Senior editor, Farm Futures

Senior Editor Ben Potter brings two decades of professional agricultural communications and journalism experience to Farm Futures. He began working in the industry in the highly specific world of southern row crop production. Since that time, he has expanded his knowledge to cover a broad range of topics relevant to agriculture, including agronomy, machinery, technology, business, marketing, politics and weather. He has won several writing awards from the American Agricultural Editors Association, most recently on two features about drones and farmers who operate distilleries as a side business. Ben is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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