Saint Paul’s average soil temperature last week was a 62 degrees. Last year at this time, Saint Paul’s soil temperature was also 62 degrees. In 2009 it was 72 degrees. In 2008 it was a mere 56 degrees. In 2007 it was 70 degrees. So we seem to be about right.
I think it’s really interesting to see what the farmer’s are doing, because obviously they know a lot more than me about planting. The USDA keeps tabs on national agriculture and has a page on Minnesota’s crop progress and conditions, that is updated weekly. Here is the report for Minnesota Crop Progress as of May 22. Notably, sweet corn, sunflowers, dry beans, and soybeans are just started to be planted, and potatoes, sugar beets, green peas are mostly planted. I’m relieved to find that I’m not so far behind…although I really need to get going on a potato tower.
If you happen to read the report, you’ll see that as much as I grumble and complain, our average temperatures are right on target with the norm, even though last year we were able to plant a lot more quickly.