UNDATED (LEARFIELD) – Minnesota farmers hoping to get into the fields soon for chemical application should be cautious, according to Dave Nicolai  (NICK-uh-lie) University of Minnesota Extension crops educator.

Nicolai says farmers are hoping for a dry spring.

“We went into the fall very wet, and of course excessive rains are just going to add to it and just slow things down,” said Nicolai. “At the later end of April we expect to be our target.”

Nicolai says the first thing that needs to happen is for the ground to become frost-free, which is an ongoing process.