Potato Planting Progresses Rapidly on the American Northern Plains
For the week ending May 13, 2018, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Topsoil moisture supplies rated 12% very short, 35 short, 50 adequate, and 3 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 15% very short, 36 short, 47 adequate and 2 surplus.
North Dakota potatoes planted was 35%, near 38 last year, but ahead of 30 average.
Minnesota – Above average temperatures prevailed across the state, however scattered thunderstorms late in the week kept producers in southern Minnesota from fieldwork during the week ending May 13, 2018. There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork. While some areas in northern Minnesota still report having frost in the ground, last week’s warmer temperatures allowed farmers in many areas to apply anhydrous and dry fertilizer to fields, conduct tillage activities, and plant crops. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 1% very short, 6% short, 70% adequate and 23% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 0% very short, 4% short, 81% adequate and 14% surplus.
Minnesota’s potato planting was reported as 55% complete, 4 days behind last year and 1 day behind average.