Bee hives

A pair of new bee hives sit in the Edgerton, Minnesota yard of crop watcher Leon Spronk. Bees were enjoying warmer weather in early June.

Farmers in southwestern Minnesota finally got a couple solid days of field work done the weekend of May 31 and June 1.

“Planting progress is two to three weeks behind normal with a lot of corn and most beans still unplanted,” crop watcher Leon Spronk reported from Edgerton June 3.

Since his last report May 20, he recorded 3.08 inches of rain. The most rain (0.88 of an inch) came May 27.

Early planted corn has emerged with some varying degrees of success, Spronk said. The sweet corn he planted in mid-May rotted in the ground and will need to be replanted.

Sunnier days have helped pasture conditions improve, Spronk said. He has been busy mowing the lawn twice per week to stay ahead of the grass. Alfalfa cutting was underway in the area.

“Hopefully (it) will have some sunny days to cure,” Spronk said.

Over the past two weeks, his apple, cherry and pear trees have finished blooming and were starting to set fruit. Grape vines were slowly leafing out, but there had been some winter kill.

Spronk was planning to put fly traps in his orchard this week. He added a deep box to each of his bee hives, and the bees were enjoying the warmer weather.

Janelle is editor of the Tri-State Neighbor, covering South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska. Reach her at jatyeo@tristateneighbor.com or follow on Twitter @JLNeighbor

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Janelle is editor of the Tri-State Neighbor, covering South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska.