Good weather has allowed Minnesota farmers to make rapid progress planting crops, but they’re still behind average. The US Department of Agriculture says that Minnesota farmers had a season high of five days suitable for fieldwork last week. Eighty-one percent of Minnesota’s expected corn acreage has been planted. That’s a jump of 28 percentage points over last week, but still 11 points behind the five-year average. There were scattered reports of corn being replanted in western Minnesota as well. Soybean planting was 49% complete, compared with an average 67%. Nearly half of the spring wheat crop was planted during the week also. Minnesota sugar beet farmers also made rapid progress. Sugar beet planting now stands at 86% complete. The first cutting of alfalfa hay has started across southern Minnesota as well.