Cold Wet Weather Delays Planting in MN & Most of Iowa

Another cold, wet week further delayed planting across most of Minnesota last week with just 1.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 1st, according to the USDA.

Very limited corn and soybean planting has taken place, but both remain below 1% planted.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 1% very short, 6% short, 64% adequate and 29% surplus.

In Iowa, farmers made some planting procress, with 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

The USDA says that despite continued cool soil temperatures, 9% of Iowa’s expected corn crop has been planted, 11 days behind last year and 9 days behind the 5 year average. 

Farmers in the western one third of the state had 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork and made more planting progress than the rest of the state. 

Four percent of the expected soybean crop has been planted, 9 days behind last year and 5 days behind average.

Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 3% very short, 13% short, 68% adequate and 9% surplus.