Minnesota small grains planting keeps ahead of normal

Rain, snow, and below normal temperatures limited fieldwork across Minnesota last week.

The latest weekly crop report from USDA says with less than three suitable days, farmers spread manure, applied fertilizer, and planted where conditions allowed.

With just a few reports of corn planting, small grains continued to get seeded.

Spring wheat is 10 percent planted, 10 days ahead of last year and three days faster than the five-year average.

Oats are nearly 30 percent planted and 7 percent emerged, both several days ahead of normal.

Barley planting is also pacing ahead at 6 percent done, and potatoes are 5 percent planted.

And despite some areas reporting dry conditions, 78 percent of topsoil and 70 percent of subsoil moisture is rated adequate to surplus.

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