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Resources for those with crops affected by recent frost

Plenty of days will have passed since below freezing temperatures occurred on May 28 at the NDAWN weather stations in Roseau (26°), Humboldt (28°), Eldred (29°) Ulen (30°) Warren (31°) Perley (31°) and Ada (31°) to assess your crop. You will be trying to determine whether the frost went deep enough into the soil to freeze corn’s growing point or kill all of the buds on your soybean seedlings that had just pulled their cotyledons out of the soil.  If you are looking for information regarding frost injury and factors affecting replant decisions, check out these UMN Extension websites devoted to this topic:  • What to do when spring frost damages your crop  • What to do when spring frost damages your Minnesota soybean crop  • How frost affects small grains
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How much topsoil loss is enough?

Yesterday's windy conditions caused considerable topsoil loss if the tall grey-brown clouds coming out of the west and deposition of ultra-fine soil particles were any gauge. The article below, titled "How much topsoil loss is enough?" was written by North Dakota State University Extension soil health specialist Naeem Kalwar , Extension soil specialist Dave Franzen and professor of soil science Larry Cihacek and shared with me by Mr. Kalwar.  Wind and water are the main causes of topsoil loss. However, recently tillage has been identified as an additional reason that not only removes topsoil from agricultural fields but it actually increase the intensity and rates of wind and water erosion (Figure 1). Loss of topsoil due to tillage can increase to severe levels if weather is windy, especially at high speeds and soils are dry. Tillage equipment breaks down soil aggregates into smaller, finer particles which then become airborne in wind and blow away. Figure 1. May 12