It may look like a holiday card – but this is a view of our backyard on May 1.

Elsewhere in the U.S., farmers have started planting. However, this situation is not unusual for southwestern Minnesota. Fortunately, we do not have any crops in the ground. It’s not panic time for us by any means, but this weather is tough on our soil temperatures. Hopefully some of the residue of our no-till fields keep the soil a little warmer until the snow melts, the temperatures rise and we’re able to plant.