Weekly USDA Crop Report For MN 24 Apr 13

Minnesota’s farmers got little fieldwork accomplished this past week as winter continued to resist surrendering to spring. But the weekly USDA crop and weather report for Minnesota contains some good news for farmers. After several months of drought, topsoil and subsoil moisture levels have started slowly recharging between frosts. Topsoil moisture in Minnesota is rated 59% adequate and 24% surplus. Subsoil moisture still has some catching up to do, and is rated 56% short or very short, and 44% adequate or surplus. The report has once again pushed back the anticipated date for full-scale fieldwork to begin, this time to May 7th. The 5-year average for the start of fieldwork is April 21st.