Farmers planted several acres this past week, despite scattered precipitation across the state, according to the USDA-NASS Minnesota Field Office.
For the week ending April 29, corn planting advanced 37% from the previous week to 48% complete, compared to 1% last year and 31% for the five-year average.
Soybean planting was underway with 4% complete, compared to 0% last year and 4% average. Spring wheat planting neared completion with 93% compared to 28% average. Potato planting was 63% complete compared to 27% average. Sugarbeet planting advanced to 93% planted, 48 points ahead of the previous week, and 60 points ahead of average.
Precipitation amounts were below normal across the state. Minimal precipitation was reported in northwestern areas, while an average 0.52 inch was reported in southwestern areas. Statewide, 4.4 days were rated suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 3% very short, 17% short, 77% adequate and 3% surplus, compared to 4% very short, 21% short, 69% adequate and 6% surplus the previous week.
Spring wheat condition was rated 5% fair, 75% good and 20% excellent. Oats condition were rated 1% poor, 29% fair, 62% good, and 8% excellent.Source: MN USDA-NASS