First USDA Weekly Crop Report 08 Apr 14

The persistent snow is delaying the beginning of fieldwork on farms across Minnesota. In its first weekly crop progress and condition report of the season for Minnesota, the US Department of Agriculture says last week’s heavy snow is one reason why no days were rated suitable for fieldwork last week. Planting of some early crops such as oats usually begins around now. A total of 84% of Minnesota’s pasture land is rated in fair to good condition. Topsoil moisture supplies are rates 75% adequate and 22% surplus. Subsoil moisture is rated a little shorter because the frost remaining in the ground has prevented moisture from reaching subsoil levels.