MN Crop Progress

Mostly dry conditions with a few isolated storms gave
Minnesota farmers 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork during
the week ending June 9, 2019, according to USDA’s
National Agricultural Statistics Service. Planting progress
was made for all crops in Minnesota given the more
favorable weather conditions. Warmer temperatures across
the state aided crop emergence and development. Some
fertilizer side dressing and pesticide spraying also took
place when weather would allow.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short,
2 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 32 percent
surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent
very short, 2 percent short, 65 percent adequate and
33 percent surplus.
Ninety-two percent of Minnesota’s corn was planted,
2 weeks behind last year and the five-year average. Sixtynine percent of the corn crop had emerged, 2 weeks behind
normal. The first condition rating for corn was rated at
2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 33 percent fair,
49 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Soybeans were
79 percent planted, nearly 2 weeks behind last year and the
5-year average, while 43 percent of the soybean crop had
Ninety-seven percent of spring wheat has been planted,
6 days behind the average. Eighty-seven percent of the
spring wheat crop had emerged, 8 days behind normal.
Spring wheat was 19 percent jointed, 13 days behind
average. Spring wheat condition rated 82 percent good to
excellent, down slightly from the previous week. Oats
were 98 percent planted, 1 week behind normal.
Ninety percent of the oat crop had emerged, 8 days behind
the average, while oats jointed reached 42 percent. Oat
condition improved from the previous week with
64 percent rated good to excellent. Barley planted reached
98 percent, 2 days behind the 5-year average. Barley
emergence was 5 days behind average at 89 percent with
23 percent of barley jointed. Barley condition remained
steady at 77 percent good to excellent.
Eighty-seven percent of dry edible beans have been
planted, 2 days behind normal. Dry edible beans reached
45 percent emerged, 4 days behind the average.
Sunflowers were 89 percent planted, 6 days behind last
year but now a day ahead of the 5-year average. Potatoes
planted were 97 percent complete, 3 days behind the
average. Sugarbeet planting was virtually completed this
The first cutting of alfalfa hay was 29 percent complete,
4 days behind last year and 5 days behind the average. All
hay condition rated 64 percent good to excellent. Pasture
condition rated 62 percent good to excellent.