Spring Planting Lags Behind Five-Year Average

Spring Planting Lags Behind Five-Year Average

Below normal temps and rain kept farmers from entering fields.

Minnesota producers took advantage of a small break in the cold, wet weather last week and made some planting progress, according to the USDA NASS Minnesota Field Office.

As of Sunday, May 8, spring wheat advanced to 18% planted, compared to 98% last year, and 60% for the five-year average.

Corn was 28% planted, compared to 93% last year and 65% five-year average.

Other planting activity included:

- potatoes, 40% planted

- soybeans, 2% planted

- barley, 9% planted

- oats, 37% planted

Statewide, 3.6 days were rated suitable for fieldwork last week. Some reporters noted that planting conditions were highly variable depending on the soil type and field location. Producers planted where they could, but were hindered by frequent rain, cooler than average temperatures and saturated soils.

The statewide average temperature during the week was almost 48 degrees, warmer than previous weeks but still 4.2 degrees below average. High temperatures reached the mid 70s while the coldest temperatures fell below freezing. sunny start to the week gave way to a weather system that moved in last Wednesday night into Thursday morning and dropped heavy rain at times over parts of central Minnesota.

A series of weak disturbances over the weekend produced occasional showers across the state. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 60% adequate and 40% surplus compared to 56% adequate and 44% surplus during the previous week.

Pasture condition was rated 2% very poor, 6% poor, 28% fair, 52% good and 12% excellent. Some areas along the Minnesota River are still under flood warning.

-Source: USDA NASS MN Office

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