Weekly Minnesota Crop Report 19 Jun 13

Minnesota farmers who still have wet fields have been creeping ahead with their remaining spring planting. The USDA says that an average of just-over 3-and-a-half days were suitable for fieldwork statewide last week, a slight improvement from recent weeks. So corn planting moved ahead 4-percentage points last week to 94% complete, while soybean planting advanced 12-percentage points to 84% complete. Minnesota farmers normally have planted all their corn and nearly all their soybeans by now. The first cutting of alfalfa advanced 31-percentage points to 38% complete also, well behind the 5-year average of 67%.