Weekly Minnesota Crop Report 29 Apr 14

Wet weather continues to keep Minnesota farmers out of their fields, but the rain is helping improve soil moisture. In the latest crop report for Minnesota, the US Department of Agriculture says that just under 2 days were rated suitable for fieldwork statewide last week, compared with an average of just over 3 days. But topsoil and subsoil moisture levels continue to improve, thanks to the recent rain. Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 66% adequate while subsoil moistures are 67% adequate. Crop planting is ahead of last year but behind the five-year average. 4% of Minnesota’s corn crop has been planted, way behind the average of 30%. Spring wheat planning is 2% complete, compared with an average 39%. Pasture conditions are rated 11% poor or very poor.