Weekly Minnesota Crop Report 06 May 14

The wet, cold weather is preventing Minnesota farmers from getting much planting done. In its weekly crop report for Minnesota, the US Department of Agriculture says only 8% of the state’s corn crop has been planted, which is up 4% from last week’s report, but is still two weeks behind normal. Southwestern Minnesota continues to be the only part of the state where farmers are making progress. Widespread precipitation last week meant a statewide average of just-under 1 day suitable for fieldwork. However, the rain is benefiting soil moisture levels. Subsoil moisture supplies are rated 90% adequate to surplus and only 10% short. Topsoil moisture is rated 99% adequate to surplus.