Manure scent wafts across Minnesota on high winds and warm temps

Schafer Herefords is wet from heavy rainfall, causing tires to sink in.
Tire tracks line the soil of a Schafer Herefords farm cornfield on Oct. 12, 2017 in Buffalo Lakes, Minn. When the tractor wheels sink in because of the wet ground crops can't be harvested.
Ellen Schmidt | MPR News 2017

Our warmer-than-average November came with high winds reaching nearly 40 mph. According to retired meteorologist and climatologist Mark Seeley, November is the second-windiest month, with April taking first place.

Those winds plus warm temperatures created the perfect conditions to carry the smell of manure from farmlands across the state. A lot of manure application occurs around this time of year as farmers try to get nutrients spread before the soil freezes. Once the ground thaws in the spring, all of that compost can be used by crops.

MPR News host Phil Picardi spoke with Seeley about the high winds and bad smell on Morning Edition’s weekly weather chat.

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