Minnesota’s statewide corn and soybean planting progress remains well ahead of last year and the five-year average, according to the latest Minnesota Crop Progress and Condition report from the USDA. KAUS News spoke with Josh Schofner, a Field Agronomist with Pioneer in Zumbrota who stated that the progress with the planting of the corn and soybean crops in southeastern Minnesota mirror those from elsewhere around the state…
Minnesota’s statewide corn planting progress was 89% completed, remaining nearly a month ahead of last year and two weeks ahead of the five-year average. Corn emergence reached 32%, which is 19 days ahead of last year and six days ahead of average. Soybean planting progress was 57% completed, 25 days ahead of last year and nine days ahead of average. Soybean emergence reached 5%, which is 17 days ahead of last year and five days ahead of the five-year average.
Spring wheat planting was 40% complete, three days ahead of last year but nine days behind average. According to the report, the cool weather last week slowed emergence to 11%, which was also slightly ahead of last year, but well behind average.
Both oat planting and emergence progress remained at least two weeks ahead of last year at 78% and 50%, respectively. The first oat condition rating of the season was 0% very poor, 0% poor, 43% fair, 49% good and 8% excellent.