Farmers looking for warm days and nights

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Growing Degree Units are going to be important to farmers this year as they hope crops can mature before the first frost of the fall.

Growing degree-days (GDDs) are a measure of heat accumulation during a growing season and an indicator of crop progress. Warm days speed growth along while cool temperatures can cause development to slow down.


Those cool temperatures can have an impact on yield. When growing degrees days are behind average, farmers generally look for a late frost to allow their crops to reach full maturity...


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