Dry weather conditions allowed for 4.5 days suitable for
fieldwork during the week ending May 24, 2020, according
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Field
activities for the week included planting, spraying and
preparing hay cutting equipment.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 1% very short,
7% short, 78% adequate and 14% surplus. Subsoil moisture
supplies were rated 0% very short, 5% short, 80% adequate
and 15% surplus.
Minnesota’s corn reached 98% planted. Corn was 80%
emerged, which was 3 weeks ahead of last year and 8 days
ahead of the 5-year average. The first corn condition of the
season rated 0% very poor, 1% poor, 18% fair, 63% good and
18% excellent. Soybean planting progress was
88% completed, 20 days ahead of last year and 11 days ahead
of average. Soybean emergence reached 46%, which is
17 days ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of average.
Spring wheat planting progress was 86% complete. This is
1 day ahead of last year but 6 days behind average.
Emergence, at 51%, remained a week behind average.
Scattered reports of wheat jointing was observed. Oat
planting progress was nearly complete at 96%. Oat emergence
was 11 days ahead of last year at 79%. Oats jointing moved
1 day ahead of average to 31%. Oat condition rated 77% good
to excellent. Nearly one-quarter of the barley acreage was
planted last week leading to 93% planted statewide. Barley
was 53% emerged and 11% jointed. The first barley condition
of the season rated 0% very poor, 1% poor, 17% fair, 75%
good and 7% excellent.
Sunflower planting was 1 day ahead of last year at
47% complete. Potato planting progress remained ahead of
last year at 85% complete. Sugarbeets were 90% planted,
1 day behind last year. Dry beans were 46% planted and 21%
Scattered reports of hay cutting were reported. Hay condition
was rated 69% good to excellent. Pasture conditions
remained at 66% good to excellent.