Agronomy Blog

Minnesota Crop Progress

by Karson Herfurth | May 15, 2018

Southern Minnesota continues to battle the rainy and wet conditions as planting conditions have varied dramatically over the past week. Mother nature allowed for a day or 2 of good planting conditions early last week, but rain events mid to late week have halted progress in most of southern Minnesota.  An estimated 20% of the corn is planted in southern Minnesota with a small percentage of the corn planted the first few days of May emerging over the weekend. Not much progress has been made on soybean planting.

Central and northern Minnesota have made good progress on planting so far this spring. DSM Nick Peterson reports that 85% of central and northern Minnesota corn has been planted with 10% of that corn having emerged. He also reports that soybeans are 30% planted in the central and northern parts of Minnesota. The western part of the state in these areas is more similar to southern Minnesota in planting progress as they have been delayed by wet conditions as well.

The forecast calls for rain in much of the state towards the end of the week.  While the rain will be welcomed by areas of central and northern Minnesota, the southern part of the state is in need of sunshine and dryer conditions to resume planting.

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