Planting progress was made this past week in spite of frequent rain showers, according to the USDA, NASS, Minnesota Field Office.
As of May 15, spring wheat advanced 21 percentage points to 39% planted. Corn advanced 19 points to 47% planted. Similar progress was made with oats, barley, and sugarbeets at 54% planted, 22% planted and 31% planted, respectively. Potato planting remained the farthest along with 61% planted.
Planting conditions remained variable. Cool weather prevented fields from drying out, and frequent rain continued to limit planting progress. One reporter noted that planting was taking place around wet spots.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 64% adequate and 36% surplus compared to 60% adequate and 40% surplus during the previous week.
Statewide, 3 days were rated suitable for fieldwork. Temperatures returned to average statewide after below-average readings prevailed throughout the spring. Precipitation was .23 inch above normal. A severe storm Tuesday night, brought on by extreme warmth and moisture, created strong instability in the atmosphere and brought hail and even tornado activity to central and eastern parts of the state. A cool front followed Wednesday night and into Thursday. Periodic rainfall extended through the weekend, though sunshine returned on Sunday.
Pasture condition was rated 2% very poor, 4% poor, 23% percent fair, 57% good, and 14% excellent, a slight
improvement from the previous week. Some areas along the Minnesota and Red Rivers are still under flood warning.
Source: USDA NASS Minnesota Field Office