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Highlights (by USDA):“Much like last week, the west experienced cooler weather. However, temperatures in the east were over 8 degrees above average. Both extremes caused delays for planting and crop development in some areas. Low precipitation this week improved soil moisture in the Corn Belt and northern areas, but worsened the drier soil in the southwest. ” (by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).)

Corn (by USDA):  “In Minnesota, six days last week were suitable for fieldwork, the highest number this year. As a result, planting completion progressed steadily, although it is still behind average. Corn planting progress was up 19%. Topsoil moisture reported as surplus was 14%, down from 30% last week. Temperatures were almost average for the week, despite extremely hot weather on Monday and Tuesday. ”

"In Wisconsin, high temperatures at the beginning of the week helped crop growth, but were followed by cool weather, strong winds, and light rain during the later half. Overall, 5.3 days were suitable for fieldwork, and planting continued behind schedule. High winds made spraying fields difficult. Topsoil moisture was almost the same as last week, with 7% rated surplus, down from 8% last week. Overall temperatures for the week were 2-6 degrees above average, but corn growing degree days remain below average." (by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).)


Corn planting is staying on plan with both the Central Sands and MVL growing areas on target to finish planting by the end of next week. With warm temperatures last week, the crop has improved in both growth and color. Overall super sweet stands are slightly below normal with most of this attributed to the cool and wet soil conditions. The weather forecast for the upcoming week in Wisconsin is for below normal to normal temps with scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Overall planting progress was better this past week in Minnesota, with drier weather in all areas most of the week until some showers occurred late in the week and weekend. Pea planting was completed on Thursday, June 9th. These last plantings should be harvested in the first few days of August before the start of sweet corn harvest. Sweet corn planting progress was also generally good for the week at all locations; we currently have 38,029 acres (58%) planted. The weather forecast for this coming week has chances of rainfall every day except Thursday, with high temps from the mid 70’s to the lower 80’s.

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