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Dry planting conditions hasten along the region's planting season

Due to the dry weather the region has been experiencing, producers in the region have been able to get in their fields and get their planting completed a faster rate than years past.

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For many producers in the region, their planting season is coming to a close. Photo taken May 25, 2021, at Sheldon, N.D. (Emily Beal / Agweek)

Though much of the region has been experiencing a dry spell over the past few months, it has helped expedite the total acres planted in the area, with planting season coming to a close in many farms and ranches scattered throughout the region.

This dry planting season has acted as an outlier compared to recent planting seasons, where many producers struggled to get any seeds in the ground due to the excessive rainfall and unfavorable weather conditions.

For Ben Field, a producer in western Minnesota, his planting season went off with minor difficulties and desired weather conditions.

“We had plenty of days and opportunities to get into the fields early this year with the mild winter and lack of snow,” Field said.

Their operation in Minnesota has been lucky with receiving timely rains and has assisted their crops in the ground. Their corn that was planted has already germinated and is more than 6 inches out of the ground.

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Below is a crop-by-crop look at the current planting progress for the region, which is being reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s crop progress report. All numbers being reported are for May 30.

Corn

Iowa: 99% of corn is in the ground, up from the five-year average of 94%.

Minnesota: 99% of corn is in the ground, up from the five-year average of 92%.

North Dakota: 93% of the corn is in the ground, up from the five-year average of 85%.

South Dakota: 98% of the corn is in the ground, up from the five-year average of 82%.

Soybeans

Iowa: 93% of soybeans are in the ground, up from the five-year average of 78%.

Minnesota: 99% of soybeans are in the ground, up from the five-year average of 81%.

North Dakota: 88% of the soybeans are in the ground, up from the five-year average of 73%.

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South Dakota: 92% of the soybeans are in the ground, up from the five-year average of 63%.

Oats

Iowa: 98% of the oats are in the ground, up from the five-year average of 96%.

Minnesota: 92% of the oats are in the ground, up from the five-year average of 85%.

North Dakota: 72% of the oats are in the ground, up from the five-year average of 63%.

South Dakota: 94% of the oats are in the ground, up from the five-year average of 87%.

Spring wheat

Minnesota: 100% of spring wheat is in the ground, up from the five-year average of 96%.

Montana: 94% of spring wheat is in the ground, up from the five-year average of 93%

North Dakota: 97% of spring wheat is in the ground, up from the five-year average of 92%.

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South Dakota: 100% of spring wheat is in the ground, up from the five-year average of 96%.

Barley

Minnesota: 95% of barley is in the ground, down from the five-year average of 96%.

Montana: 89% of the barley is in the ground, down from the five-year average of 93%.

North Dakota: 97% of the barley is in the ground, up from the five-year average of 92%.

Related Topics: AGRICULTURECROP PROGRESS
Emily grew up on a small grains and goat farm in southern Ohio. After graduating from The Ohio State University, she moved to Fargo, North Dakota to pursue a career in ag journalism with Agweek. She enjoys reporting on livestock and local agricultural businesses.
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