Weekly MN Crop Progress Report 28 May 14

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.