Weekly Crop Weather Report 15 May 12

Minnesota farmers continue to make progress on planting corn and soybeans, thanks to warm, dry weather. The USDA’s weekly crop-weather report for Minnesota says that corn planting has jumped to 88% planted, with 45% of the crop emerged. Soybeans are 44% planted, compared with 7% last year and 29% for the 5-year average. Three percent of soybeans have emerged. Small grains are rated in good to excellent condition as well. In southern Minnesota, heavy rains last week improved topsoil moisture, but kept farmers out of the fields early in the week. Topsoil moisture is currently rated 77% adequate in Minnesota.