Minnesota farmers had 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 9, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Upper Midwest Regional Field Office, Minnesota. Planting progress was made for all crops in Minnesota given the more favorable weather conditions. Warmer temperatures across the state aided crop emergence and development. Some fertilizer side dressing and pesticide spraying also took place when weather would allow.
Ninety-two percent of Minnesota’s corn was planted, 2 weeks behind last year and the five-year average. Sixty-nine percent of the corn crop had emerged, 2 weeks behind normal. The first condition rating for corn was rated at 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 11 percent excellent.
Soybeans were 79 percent planted, nearly 2 weeks behind last year and the 5-year average, while 43 percent of the soybean crop had emerged.
Ninety-seven percent of spring wheat has been planted, 6 days behind the average. Spring wheat condition rated 82 percent good to excellent, down slightly from the previous week.