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A tractor and tillage equipment sit idle Friday morning in a farm field near Granite Falls. It could be the middle of next week before farmers in west-central Minnesota get into the fields to begin planting this year’s corn crop. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

After a long, hard winter: Rain, cold stalls farmers at starting gates of crop year

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WILLMAR — It could be the middle of next week before farmers in west central Minnesota get into the fields to begin planting this year’s corn crop.

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What is needed is a string of nice days, with sunshine and warm temperatures, to warm the soil after the long, hard winter and after up to 4 inches of rain this week.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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