Weekly Minnesota Crop Report 14 May 14

Minnesota farmers were able to make moderate planting progress over the past week, according to the USDA Crop Report. More progress was made on sandier soils before planting was once again halted by rains late in the week. There were 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork statewide. The widespread precipitation through the week caused topsoil and subsoil moisture levels to rise, and almost one-quarter of the corn crop was planted, with southwestern Minnesota making the most progress. 31% of the corn crop has now been planted in Minnesota, which is only 5 days behind normal. Cool temperatures have delayed corn emergence, however. Soybean planting was 4% complete, which is 12 days behind normal, and spring wheat planting now stands at 8% complete, 45-percentage points behind the 5 year average. 9% of the Minnesota barley crop has been planted as well, along with 36% of oats and 9% of sugarbeets.