USDA Weekly Crop Report 22 May 12

Warm weather is helping Minnesota farmers make rapid progress planting soybeans. The USDA’s latest weekly crop-weather report says that soybean planting in Minnesota has jumped to 81% complete. That compares with 30% last year and a 5-year average of 56%. Six days were rated suitable for fieldwork statewide last week, and despite scattered showers over the weekend, dry conditions persist in most parts of Minnesota. Topsoil moisture supplies declined from the previous week and are now rated 76% adequate and only 5% surplus. In the first corn condition rating of the year, Minnesota’s corn crop is rated 2% poor, 14% fair, 71% good, and 13% excellent.