Planting progress continues to run about two weeks ahead of normal in Minnesota. U of M Extension crops specialist Dave Nicolai (nick-uh-lye) says farmers have been very active:

“They’ve really made a lot of progress here these last few weeks. Most of the corn in south-central and central Minnesota has been planted.   Probably less activity they were able to do over the northwestern Minnesota and the Red River Valley, but for the southern portions of the state, a lot of that activity has been completed.”

The latest weekly U-S-D-A crop report says as of Sunday, 89-percent of the state’s intended corn acreage and 57-percent of the soybean acreage has been planted. Sugarbeet planting has crossed the halfway point at 53-percent done.