Weekly Minnesota Crop Report 24 Jun 14

Widespread rain over the past week delayed Minnesota farmers who were trying to finish planting. The US Department of Agriculture says that the rain has left soil saturated and stressed crops. Wet fields also are hampering crop spraying and the first cutting of hay. Only about 1 day was suitable for fieldwork across Minnesota last week. Soil moisture took a big jump from the previous week, however. Topsoil moistures are now rated 58% surplus while subsoil moistures are 53% surplus. Soybean planting is 95% complete, compared with a five-year average of 98%. 96% of the corn crop has emerged, slightly behind the average 98%. In southern Minnesota, flooding forced some farmers to move cattle herds to different pastures as well.