Weekly Minnesota Crop Report 30 Apr 13

Despite the arrival of warm weather, Minnesota farmers are still waiting for the chance to get into their fields. In its weekly crop report for the state, the USDA says that Minnesota farmers have managed to begin only very limited field work, mainly on higher ground and well-drained fields. Flooding is still a concern in some locations, and muddy conditions are slowing pasture growth. Producers continue to expect full-scale fieldwork to begin around May 7th, more than 2 weeks later than the 5-year average. Despite the late start, experts say there’s still time. Corn yields in Minnesota don’t typically suffer unless planting is delayed past mid-May, though there’s some concern about the impact on yields for spring wheat and other small grains.