First Minnesota Crop Report Of 2013 09 Apr 13

The US Department of Agriculture says Minnesota farmers are getting off to a slow start because of the persistent winter. In its first weekly crop report of the year, the USDA says the cold start to April and continuing dry conditions have limited field work in Minnesota compared with last year. Only two-tenths of a day were suitable for fieldwork last week, and producers don’t expect full-scale fieldwork to begin until about April 26th, about two weeks later than last year and five days behind the 5-year average. The drought persists across much of the state as well, with only 47% of topsoil moisture supplies rated as being adequate.