Below normal temperatures persisted last week in Minnesota and farmers have 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 2nd according to the USDA.
During the week, Minnesota farmers were able to plant over 40% of their expected corn crop for a total of 60% planted, 2 days behind last year, but 10 days ahead of the 5 year average. Soybeans were 23% planted, 2 days behind last year, but 1 week ahead of normal.
Spring wheat was 72% planted, over 2 weeks ahead of last year and 13 days ahead of the 5 year average. Potato planting was 44% complete, 1 day behind last year but 4 days ahead of the average and 79% of the sugarbeet crop has been planted statewide, almost 3 weeks ahead of last year and 12 days ahead of average.