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Water stands in a low-lying area of a field west of Willmar along Kandiyohi County Road 5 in this Sept. 29 file photo. Trends for October in Minnesota lead to a recommendation to consider later fall fertilizer applications. Since the last major widespread drought year -- 1988, Minnesota farmers have had to cope with several wetter-than-normal Octobers. (Tribune file photo by Ron Adams)

October climate trends reveal need to delay fall nitrogen application

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ST. PAUL -- October is an important month from an agricultural standpoint. Crop harvesting, crop drying, tillage and soil testing are among the many weather-sensitive activities Minnesota farmers hope to accomplish. Some Octobers are fondly remembered for providing nearly ideal conditions for these activities, while some are cursed for problematic weather.

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