A cool and wet April has prevented many farmers from getting into the fields to plant their crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says as of last week, Minnesota's corn crop is only 12% planted, which is 13 days behind last year and nine days behind average.
Minnesota farmers continue to dodge the worst of the drought that's affecting most of the country. In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes that the state experienced scattered showers and cooler temperatures this past week.
Minnesota's small-grain harvest is running well ahead of the average pace. Statewide, topsoil moisture supplies held relatively steady, and were rated 21 percent very short, 35 percent short, 40 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.
Warmer weather and limited rain have helped Minnesota's farm fields to dry out a bit from a rainy May. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that topsoil moisture supplies declined slightly as daytime highs reach 90 degrees or hotter in many locations across Minnesota.
Minnesota farmers are nearly finished with the corn and sunflower harvests, thanks to continued dry weather. According to the weekly U.S. Department of Agriculture crop-weather report for Minnesota, corn was 93 percent harvested as of Sunday. That compares with 86 percent last year and a five-year average of 60 percent.
Minnesota farmers continue to make rapid progress on harvesting, despite a brief rainfall interruption. The U.S. Agriculture Department's weekly crop weather report for Minnesota said Monday that last Wednesday's rain only amounted to 0.3 inches in the southwest to 0.8 inches in the north-central and northeast parts.
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