USDA Weekly MN Crop Report 07 May 13

Minnesota farmers had another tough week last week trying to get into their fields to start planting. The USDA’s weekly crop report for Minnesota says that the late season snowstorm added moisture to areas of the state that were already cold and damp, but just 1 day was suitable for fieldwork last week because of the storm. The average is more than 3 days. Minnesota Corn planting is only 2% complete, almost 50% behind the 5-year average. Oat planting is 9% complete, compared with 96% last year and an average of 64%. The USDA says livestock producers are concerned about the slow growth of alfalfa and pastures. Farmers expect full-scale fieldwork to begin on Wednesday.