MN Fieldwork Lags, Due to Weather 17 Apr 18

(MN Fieldwork) — Lingering cooler than normal temperatures and additional snowfall across much of the state resulted in another week with 0.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 15th. That’s according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Snow cover remains widespread with most areas reporting frost still in the ground and soil temperatures below normal for this time of the year.

The five year average for suitable fieldwork is 2.8 days by April 15th.

Snow cover and cool temperatures have delayed planting of spring crops. Oats planted were reported as 0 percent complete, 16 percentage points behind last year, and 17 points behind the 5 year average. Spring wheat planted was reported as 0 percent complete, 8 percentage points behind last year, and 13 points behind the 5 year average. Sugarbeets planted were reported as 0 percent complete, 16 percentage points behind last year, and 18 points behind the 5 year average.

Maximum corn yield is generally obtained when planting occurs in late April or early May (100 percent if planted by April 30th). In years when spring arrives early, a mid–April planting date also will produce similar yield if young plants are not damaged by a freeze in May. However in years when there are few growing degree days during late April and the first half of May, maximum corn yield also can be obtained when planting occurs in mid–May.