Long winter likely to shorten Minnesota Grown season - The Packer

Long winter likely to shorten Minnesota Grown season

05/24/2013 02:24:00 PM
Jim Offner

Dean Schladweiler, produce manager with The Wedge Community Co-Op, an organic retailer that owns an organic farm near Minneapolis, said his farm had missed nearly four rounds of planting because of unseasonably low temperatures.

“That is definitely money that will not be made up this year. It’s just a loss right off the bat,” he said.

The late start likely will affect early lettuces, radishes and greens more than anything, Schladweiler said.

A tardy growing season isn’t limited to Minnesota, said Tim Grace, spokesman with Minneapolis-based Chandler-Topic Co. Inc.

Tim Fortier, produce manager with Kowalski’s Markets, a Woodbury, Minn.-based retail grocery chain, said the late winter could hit corn the hardest.

“Our farmer said April 24 it’s the latest in 30 years he ever put his corn in,” Fortier said. “Greens and other items likely will catch up.”

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