Farmers pushing to get crops planted

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At 40-percent complete Sunday, corn planting in Minnesota was eight days behind the five-year average. However, farmers were making rapid progress prior to Monday afternoon’s rainfall and will be back in the fields as clear skies dry out the fields.

Despite it seeming like there wasn’t a lot of farm equipment in area fields over the past few days, farmers were making progress after delays caused by lingering frost, wet fields and cold soils.

Corn planting was 40 percent completed, five days behind last year and eight days behind average, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service report released Monday.  There were a few reports of corn emerging in the southern half of the state.

Last year at this time, 77 percent of the corn crop was planted with the five-year average for corn planting progress for May 13 65 percent.

Soybeans were 11 percent planted, four days behind last year and nine days behind average. As of May 13 last year, 41 percent of the soybean crop was planted. The five-year average for the date is 37 percent.

Showers moved into western Minnesota Monday afternoon bringing a halt to planting activities. Tuesday and Wednesday were forecast to be mostly sunny, but a chance of thunderstorms was in the forecast for Thursday night into Friday.

May 8 the Benson area received 68 hundredths of an inch of rain causing a considerable greening of grasses and reducing the fire threat. The rain came after four straight days with high temperatures reaching into low 80s – May 4 to 7. Just over half an inch of rain was recorded Monday.

May’s temperatures through the first two weeks of the month have been above average, a welcome relief from the record cold of April. Soil temperatures have warmed considerably and are now in the mid-50s.

“Research shows that 50 percent corn emergence will occur in about 20 days at an average soil temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit, which is reduced to only 10 days or less at an average soil temperature above 60 degrees,” Farm Management Analyst Ken Thiesse writes in his column on Page 7 this week....

 

 

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Pictured: At 40-percent complete Sunday, corn planting in Minnesota was eight days behind the five-year average. However, farmers were making rapid progress prior to Monday afternoon’s rainfall and will be back in the fields as clear skies dry out the fields.

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