Weekly Minnesota Crop Report 11 Jun 13

Yet another week of wet weather last week prevented Minnesota farmers from getting their planting done. The weekly crop report from the USDA says that just over 2-and-a-half days were rated suitable for fieldwork last week. So corn planting advanced only 3-percentage points to 90% complete, remaining behind the 5-year average of 99% for this date. Because of the long delay, some farmers are now expected to file insurance claims for “prevented planting” rather than plant a corn crop this year. Despite the wet conditions, though, soybean planting advanced 17 points to 72% planted, which is still behind the 95% average for this time of year. Crop development continues to lag the normal pace because of the cold wet spring, and that could affect yields.