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Minnesota Sunflower, Dry Bean Planting Lags Behind Average
Minnesota Ag Connection - 05/16/2017

Warm and dry weather across Minnesota improved field conditions during the week ending Sunday, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork allowed for rapid planting progress. Forty-nine percent of the total corn acreage, 43 percent of the soybean acreage and 28 percent of the spring wheat acreage was planted during the week. Every crop's planting progress, with the exception of sunflowers and dry beans, had advanced beyond their respective 5-year averages. Field activities for the week included planting crops and moving cattle to pastures.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 9 percent short, 86 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 88 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.

Minnesota's spring wheat planting was 93 percent complete. Spring wheat emergence remained behind average at 36 percent emerged.

The oat planting progress advanced to 84 percent planted. Fifty-one percent of the oats have emerged, 2 weeks behind last year and 3 days behind average. Oat conditions improved to 0 percent very poor, 0 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 59 percent good and 13 percent excellent.

Barley planting progress was 89 percent planted, with 29 percent of the acreage emerged.

Corn planting was 84 percent completed, 8 days behind last year. Twenty percent of the corn has emerged, 5 days behind average. Soybeans were 47 percent planted, 6 days behind last year. Dry edible bean planting has begun and was 9 percent completed. Sunflowers were 28 percent planted, 1 week behind last year and 1 day behind average.

Potatoes and Sugarbeet planting advanced to 72 and 99 percent complete, respectively.

Hay conditions improved to 1 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 65 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.

Pasture conditions were 0 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.

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