Weekly Crop Report 24 Apr 12

Above-average precipitation has improved soil moisture supplies across Minnesota’s farm country. The USDA says that topsoil moisture last week was rated 69% adequate, compared with 49% adequate a week earlier. Spring wheat planting is 84% complete, compared with 0% at this point last year when the state had a soggy spring and 17% for the 5-year average. Eleven-percent of corn is planted, compared with none last year and a 12% average. Sugarbeet planting is 45% complete as well, compared with zero last year and a 13% average.