The coldest spring in the Upper Midwest since 2014 could serve as a lead-in to favorable summer growing conditions, DTN senior ag meteorologist Bryce Anderson said last week.

Concerns regarding planting delays caused by cold temperatures and several late-spring snowstorms eased somewhat last week as planters began running widely across the southern half of the state.

“It has been a dramatic and eventful start to the season,” Anderson said. “Fieldwork is getting underway, but we are looking at the slowest start to spring field work in four years.”

The planting...