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Planting progresses across southeast part of state

Minnesota

Spring tillage and planting progressed across southeast Minnesota as daytime highs reached the low 70s and rainfall was minimal during the week ending April 19, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota Field Office, April 20.

Conversely, fieldwork was limited across the central and north as farmland remains saturated in many locations following a wet fall and a cool, wet start to spring. Other major farm activities include: fertilizing, weed control and spring calving.

Statewide land prepared for corn is 15 complete with localized planting underway. Cool soil temperatures and wet fields kept most corn seeding confined to south central and southeast Minnesota. Spring wheat planting is 4 percent complete, compared to 2 percent last year and the five year average of 9 percent. Oats and potato seeding are 22 and 7 percent complete respectively, both ahead of last year.

Statewide land prepared for corn is 15 complete with localized planting underway. Cool soil temperatures and wet fields kept most corn seeding confined to south central and southeast Minnesota. Spring wheat planting is 4 percent complete, compared to 2 percent last year and the five year average of 9 percent. Oats and potato seeding are 22 and 7 percent complete respectively, both ahead of last year.

Topsoil moisture is rated 82 percent adequate to surplus and subsoil moisture is rated 83 adequate to surplus. Pastures are greening as cool-season grasses benefit from the adequate moisture and warmer temperatures. The driest conditions exist in the southeast where precipitation totals since April 1st range from one to nearly two inches below normal.



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