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Slow progress in MN/IA crop planting

Tue 5-14-2019

Minnesota farmers took advantage of the 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 12, 2019, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.  Field activities included hauling manure, spreading fertilizer and planting.  Planting progress was made for all crops in Minnesota, although much of the progress made came out of the northwestern part of the State having missed muc of the precipitation that the rest of Minnesota received.

Topsoil suppliers were rated 58 percent adequate and 40 percent surplus.  Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 56 percent adequate and 42 percent surplus.

Twenty-one percent of Minnesota's corn was planted, 3 days behind the previous year and 15 days eind the five-year average.  Soybeans were 3 percent planted, 2 weeks behind the average.

Reports indicated that forage and pasture growth have continued, but was slowed by the colder temperature.  All hay conditions rated 64 percent good to excellent.  Pasture conditions rated 61 percent good to excellent.

Iowa farmers had just 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the same period.  Iowa farmers remain hopeful for warmer conditions as below normal temperatures continued to slow crop emergence across the state.

Statewide, just 48 percent of the expected corn crop has been planted, 4 days behind last year and just over a week behind the five-year average.  Five percent of the crop has emerged, 5 days behind last year and over a week behind average.

Thirteen percent of the expected soybean crop has been planted, 6 days behind both last year and average.  Just 1 percent of the crop has emerged, 2 days behind average.