NEW LONDON - Ryan Fosso was topping off the fertilizer tanks on his corn planter Friday morning on the edge of a field west of New London that had been planted the day before and was getting ready to move his equipment to a new field to begin planting corn there.
He was doing this despite a forecast that calls for snow this weekend.
"It's time to get going, so we're going," Fosso said.
The long, cold winter has created challenges for farmers eager to do field work.
The most recent crop report from the USDA said snowmelt and receding floodwaters in Minnesota has caused cropland to be saturated across the state and there have been few days suitable for fieldwork.
Some spring tillage and planting is underway in the southern third of the state on sandy soil, according to the USDA report.
Fosso, whose family farm is located near Pennock, said they've been working in fields with lighter soil and where alfalfa is being broken up but he's still finding frost.
"The ground is spotty," he said. "There's still some frost to come out."
There's plenty of topsoil moisture, and in many cases too much.
The state report indicates 43 percent of the topsoil moisture supply is adequate and 57 percent is rated as surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated as 46 percent adequate and 53 percent surplus.
And there might be more moisture coming this weekend.
The National Weather Service is predicting rain and snow for west central Minnesota for much of Saturday with the potential for 1-3 inches of snow.
That doesn't phase Fosso.
"My father told me 20 years ago, every corn crop we raise will typically have snow on it in the spring and snow on it in the fall before we get it out. So, it doesn't worry us too much," he said.
Despite the rough start to the year Fosso - like most farmers - remains up-beat for this coming growing season.
"Anytime you take everything you own and bury it in the dirt in the spring and hope that it produces something in the fall, you expect big things," he said. We're always optimistic."