Specialty Crops in Minnesota

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Northeast

  • Rough terrain
  • Short frost-free season, lots of snow

Northwest

  • Fertile prairie soils
  • Not as much moisture as other Minnesota growing regions

Central Southeast

Southwest

Activity: Where Does It Grow?

Look at the map of Minnesota. For each specialty crop below, use the clues to name the region where it grows. Which direction is that from where you live?

potato

Potatoes

  • Well-drained, fertile soil
  • Warm days and cool nights

tree

Christmas Trees

  • Adapt and survive in a variety of conditions
  • Thrive in well drained soil and cool temperatures

Minnesota corn

Sweet Corn

MN apple

Apples

  • Well-drained soil
  • Lots of sun
  • Prefer to be planted on slopes

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