Small grain planting progress rapidly advanced during the
week ending May 17, 2020, according USDA’s National
Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.2 days suitable
for fieldwork. Field activities for the week included planting
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 0% very short,
8% short, 79% adequate and 13% surplus. Subsoil moisture
supplies were rated 0% very short, 3% short, 83% adequate
and 14% surplus.
Minnesota’s statewide corn planting progress was nearing
completion at 95%. Corn emergence reached 57%, which is
19 days ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of the 5-year
average. Soybean planting progress was 74% completed, just
over 3 weeks ahead of last year and 9 days ahead of average.
Soybean emergence reached 18%, which is 17 days ahead of
last year and 4 days ahead of average.
Nearly one-third of the spring wheat crop was planted during
the week ending May 17, 2020, making the statewide planting
progress 70 percent complete. This is 1 day ahead of last year
but 6 days behind average. Emergence, at 29%, was well
behind average due to the cool weather. Oat planting progress
and emergence both remained at least 2 weeks ahead of last
year at 91% and 69%, respectively. Oats jointing were at 7%.
Oat condition rated 68% good to excellent. Barley was 69%
planted with 41% emerged.
Sunflower planting was 11 days behind average at
14% complete. Potato planting progress remained ahead of
last year at 75% complete but fell a day behind average.
Sugarbeets were 73% planted, 9 days behind average. Dry
beans were 27% planted.
Hay condition was 1% very poor, 5% poor, 23% fair, 64%
good and 7% excellent. Pasture conditions were rated 66%
good to excellent.