Continued dry weather conditions allowed for 5.2 days
suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 31, 2020,
according USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Field activities for the week included spraying, planting,
moving cattle and cutting hay.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 2% very short,
10% short, 79% adequate and 9% surplus. Subsoil moisture
supplies were rated 1% very short, 6% short, 80% adequate
and 13% surplus.
Minnesota’s corn planting progress was almost complete at
99% planted. Corn was 91% emerged, which was 19 days
ahead of last year and 8 days ahead of the 5-year average.
Corn condition rated 83% good to excellent. Soybean
planting progress was 95% completed, 17 days ahead of last
year and 10 days ahead of average. Soybean emergence
reached 73%, which is 18 days ahead of last year and 1 week
ahead of average. The first soybean condition of the season
was 0% very poor, 1% poor, 15% fair, 65% good and 19%
Minnesota small grain planting progress was nearly complete.
Spring wheat emergence, at 71%, remained 8 days behind
average. Wheat jointing was at 17%, 5 days behind average.
The first spring wheat condition of the season was 0% very
poor, 0% poor, 19% fair, 53% good and 28% excellent. Oat
emergence was 2 days ahead of average at 90%. Oats jointing
and heading were both ahead of last year and the average at
48% and 8%, respectively. Oat condition rated 78% good to
excellent. Barley was 78% emerged and 19% jointed with
condition rated at 84% good to excellent.
Sunflower planting was 4 days behind average at
75% complete. Potato planting progress moved up to 1 day
ahead of average to 94% complete. Sugarbeet planting
progress was almost complete at 99% planted. Dry beans
were 71% planted and 36% emerged.
The first cutting of alfalfa hay was in full swing and was 21%
completed. Hay condition was rated 68% good to excellent.
Pasture conditions remained at 67% good to excellent.