Despite widespread rain last week, Minnesota farmers have managed to reach planting levels close to the five-year averages. The US Ag Department says that 97% of Minnesota’s expected corn acreage has now been planted, only 2 percentage points behind average. 94% of the planted corn has emerged, only 1 point behind normal. Soybean planting is 93% complete, 2 points behind average. 82% of the soybean crop has emerged, slightly behind average. Spring wheat planting is nearly complete. 93% of spring wheat has emerged, 5 points behind average. Potato, barley and oat plantings also are nearly complete. Thanks to all the rain, topsoil moisture statewide is rated 60% adequate and 40% surplus. There were 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork across the state last week.