Minnesota farmers continue planting crops ahead of the average – and Minnesota’s corn crop is nearly half planted. In its weekly crop report for Minnesota, the USDA says the state’s corn crop is 48% complete. That’s compared with just 1% at this time last year and 31% for the 5-year average. Spring wheat planting is also well ahead of the average pace. That crop is 93% complete, compared with the average of 28%. Sugar beet planting is 93% complete as well. Precipitation amounts last week were below normal, despite it being a relatively wet week. Statewide, a total of 4.4 days were rated suitable for fieldwork.