The warm, dry weather of the past week gave farmers their best opportunity yet for fieldwork this season. Around 5 days were suitable for fieldwork last week in Minnesota. That let corn planting advance by 52 percentage points, to 70%, though that’s still below the normal pace of 84%. Minnesota farmers are expected to plant around 9-million acres of corn this season. Drought conditions across the state have been improving as well, with only 11% of the state’s topsoil now listed as too dry. Experts are predicting a record year for Minnesota’s $9-billion corn crop. Soybeans in our state were 23% planted as of the end of last week, compared with 51% for the 5-year average. Sugarbeets are 89% planted, 5-points ahead of the average.