UNDATED (KMHL) – More rain this week means more planting delays for Minnesota farmers, who were already way behind schedule when it comes to planting the state’s corn crop.
The USDA said in its weekly crop and weather report this week that just 56 percent of the corn crop has been planted by the end of last week. That is significantly behind the five-year average of 83 percent of the corn crop, and even quite a bit behind last year’s progress of 72 percent.
Of the corn that has been planted, the rain and cold temperatures are also slowing crop emergence. The USDA says only six percent of the corn has emerged so far this year – also way behind schedule.
It’s more of the same story on soybeans as well. So far the USDA report says 22 percent of the soybeans have been planted this year – well behind the five-year average of 57 percent.