May 8, 2012 at 6:25 am
ST. PAUL, MN (AP) - Rain and thunderstorms slowed fieldwork in some parts of
Minnesota this past week.
In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture says only 11 percent of the state is now short or very short on
topsoil moisture, compared with 20 percent a week earlier. But 18 percent of the
state now has a topsoil moisture surplus, compared with 3 percent the previous
Corn planting is 73 percent complete, compared with 20 percent at this point
last year and 53 percent for the five-year average. Nineteen percent of soybeans
were planted, compared with 4 percent last year and a 13 percent average.
Sugarbeet planting is nearly complete at 98 percent compared with a 53 percent
Statewide, 3.4 days were suitable for fieldwork last week.
Temp: 64°F (18°C)
Wind: 5 E