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Minnesota crop progress slow

Tue 6-4-2019

Minnesota farmers had 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 2, 2019, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.  Planting progress was made for all crops in Minnesota, given slightly drier conditions.  Warmer temperatures also aided crop emergence in the state this week.

Seventy-six percent of Minnesota's corn was planted, 13 days behind last year and 17 days behind the five-year average.  Forty-eight percent of the corn crop had emerged, nearly 2 weeks behind normal.  Soybeans were at 51 percent planted, 12 days behind last year and 16 days behind the average, while 16 percent of the soybean crop had emerged.

The first cutting of alfalfa hay was 5 percent complete, 8 days behind last year and 12 days behind the 5-year average.  All hay condition rated 58 percent good to excellent.  Pasture conditions rated 61 percent good to excellent.

Iowa farmers continued to battle wet field conditions with only 1.3 days suitable for fieldwork statewide.

Eighty percent of the expected corn crop has been planted, nearly 3 weeks behind the 5-year average.  This is the smallest amount of corn planted by June 2 since 1982 when 76 percent of the expected corn crop had been planted.  Fifty-eight percent of the crop has emerged, 12 days behind last year and 13 days behind average.

Forty-one percent of the expected soybean crop has been planted, 18 days behind last year and average.  This is the smallest amount of soybeans planted by June 2 since 1993 when just 39 percent of the expected crop had been planted.  Seventeen percent of the crop has emerged, 2 weeks behind last year and 13 days behind average.