Crop Progress & Condition

Cold temperatures, wet fields, and flooding in some
areas of Minnesota resulted in 1.6 days suitable for
fieldwork for the week ending April 30, 2023,
according to the USDA’s National Agricultural
Statistics Service. Fieldwork included spring field
preparation, spreading manure and fertilizer, and
planting small grains and potatoes. There were some
reports of cattle and calves lost due to weather.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 3 percent very
short, 6 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and
26 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were
rated 3 percent very short, 13 percent short,
66 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Pasture
conditions were rated 32 percent good to excellent.
Corn planting reached 5 percent complete and
soybean planting was 1 percent complete.
Statewide, planting progress for barley began at
1 percent. Oats planted was at 10 percent, with
3 percent emerged. Potatoes planted were at 2 percent.