Leon Spronk

Leon Spronk looks over a field that will be planted to soybeans outside his home near Edgerton, Minnesota.

EDGERTON, Minn. - Rain dampened hopes for crop watcher Leon Spronk and his southwestern Minnesota operation out of Edgerton. Over the last two weeks, the operation got almost a full inch on Oct. 5 and a total of 2 inches since the last report. Unfortunately, that additional rain has meant that Spronk now has standing water in some of his fields which has limited any fieldwork.

“Still no killing frost yet but looks very likely this coming week,” he said. “Little or no silage has been cut and where they did it looked very muddy.”

While the fields hopefully will dry out over the next few weeks, Spronk said they were able to press apples for the third time this season producing about 21 gallons of apple cider. In addition, their garden was tilled and prepared for garlic planting to begin sometime over the week of Oct. 7.

With fields too wet to farm, Spronk said he plans to get out to Big Stone for some recreational activities.

“Plan to go fishing on Big Stone,” he said. “Caught our limit of perch there on Sept. 28.”

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