Minnesota farmers were able to take advantage of the 4.8 days
suitable for fieldwork despite the cool weather during the
week ending May 10, 2020 according USDA’s National
Agricultural Statistics Service. Field activities for the week
were crop planting and herbicide application.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 1% very short,
10% short, 80% adequate, and 9% surplus. Subsoil moisture
supplies were rated 0% very short, 6% short, 79% adequate,
and 15% surplus.
Minnesota’s statewide corn planting progress was
89% completed, remaining nearly a month ahead of last year
and 2 weeks ahead of the 5-year average. Corn emergence
reached 32%, which is 19 days ahead of last year and 6 days
ahead of average. Soybean planting progress was
57% completed, 25 days ahead of last year and 9 days ahead
of average. Soybean emergence reached 5%, which is 17 days
ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of average.
Spring Wheat planting was 40% complete, 3 days ahead of
last year but 9 days behind average. The cool weather slowed
emergence to 11%, which was also slightly ahead of last year,
but well behind average. Both oat planting and emergence
progress remained at least 2 weeks ahead of last year at
78% and 50%, respectively. The first oat condition rating of
the season was 0% very poor, 0% poor, 43% fair, 49% good
and 8% excellent. Barley was 37% planted with
21% emerged.
Sunflower planting began 8 days behind average at
6% planted. Potato planting progress remained ahead of
average at 66% complete. Sugarbeets were 53% planted,
behind the average pace by 9 days. Dry beans were
15% planted.
The cool conditions delayed pasture growth and slightly
reduced conditions. Pasture conditions were rated 2% very
poor, 11% poor, 22% fair, 56% good and 9% excellent.