how can I find out when the soil temp will reach 50 degrees

Asked April 25, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT

how can I find out when the soil temp will reach 50 degrees

Anoka County Minnesota

1 Response

Hi there,
The easiest way to determine soil temperature is with a soil thermometer, and these can be fairly inexpensive. There are other, more complicated ways of calculating soil temps by averaging air temperature over the course of several days (see this site; http://buckeyeturf.osu.edu/index.php?option=com_content&id=473:how-to-determine-the-average-daily-so... ).

If you are asking about soil temperature in order to decide when to plant, generally the advice is to wait until the danger of frost is over. Here is some information about last frost dates in our area:http://www.plantmaps.com/interactive-minnesota-last-frost-date-map.php

Please let me know if I haven't answered your question or if there is anything else I can help you with.