Several days of warm, dry conditions last week allowed producers to continue planting progress, according to the USDA National Ag Statistics Service Minnesota Field Office.
For the week ending May 13, below average precipitation was recorded at most reporting stations, with rains still needed in the northwestern part of the state.
In southern areas, heavy rains the previous week improved topsoil moisture supplies, but kept producers out of the fields early this week. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 2% very short, 10% short, 77% adequate and 11% surplus. Statewide, 4.5 days were rated suitable for fieldwork.
Corn planting advanced to 88% planted with 45% of the crop emerged. Soybeans were 44% planted, compared to 7% last year and 29% for the five-year average. Three percent of soybeans were emerged.
Ninety-five percent of spring wheat and 89% of barley was emerged with 5% and 6% jointed, respectively. Oats were 85% emerged with 10% jointed. The small grains were rated in primarily good to excellent condition.
Planting of canola, potatoes, sunflowers and dry beans remained ahead of average. Sugarbeet condition was rated 5% poor, 26% fair, 65% good and 4% excellent.
Pasture condition was rated 3% poor, 25% fair, 61% good and 11% excellent, an improvement from the previous week.
Six percent of first cutting alfalfa was harvested, ahead of average.Source: USDA NASS MN Field Office