Minnesota farmers catching up on planting 17 Jun 14


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Despite widespread rain last week, Minnesota farmers have managed to reach planting levels close to the five-year averages.

According to the U.S. Agriculture Department, 97 percent of Minnesota’s expected corn acreage has been planted, only 2 percentage points behind average. Ninety-four percent of the planted corn has emerged, only 1 point behind normal.

Soybean planting is 93 percent complete, 2 points behind average. Eighty-two percent of the soybean crop has emerged, slightly behind average.

Spring wheat planting is nearly complete. Ninety-three percent of spring wheat has emerged, 5 points behind average. Potato, barley and oat plantings also are nearly complete.

Thanks to all the rain, topsoil moisture statewide is rated 60 percent adequate and 40 percent surplus. There were 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork across the state last week.