Weekly Minnesota Crop Report 29 May 13

The recent stretch of wet weather has slowed planting of crops in Minnesota. The USDA says that Minnesota farmers across the state had an average of just under 2 days that were suitable for fieldwork last week. But despite the wet weather, the emergence of corn and small grains continued to move along. Corn planting was 82% complete, compared with 100% at this point last year, and the average of 95%. Corn emergence increased 32-percentage points to 40% emerged, but is still well behind last year’s 91%. Soybeans were 42% planted as of the end of the week, compared with 92% last year and the average of 76%. Spring wheat and barley planting were behind normal as well, and sugarbeets were 92% planted, compared with 100% last year.