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The needle has started to move on planting, but it's still slow in the Dakotas and Minnesota

Corn planting has begun in both Minnesota and North Dakota, but weather conditions still kept farmers in either state — or much of the rest of the country — from making much progress on that or other crops.

Water is shown intermittently covering a field. The focus is on damp soil in the foreground.
Wet soils or inundated fields are one issue keeping farmers from planting in North Dakota and other parts of the region, while unusually cold soil temperatures also are a problem.
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Corn planting has begun in both Minnesota and North Dakota, but weather conditions still kept farmers in either state — or much of the rest of the country — from making much progress on that or other crops.

The weekly Crop Progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service lists corn planting in Minnesota at 9% and North Dakota at 1%, up from 0% in both states last week. The report was released Monday, May 9, reflecting conditions as of May 8. South Dakota, which had 3% of expected corn acreage seeded last week, was at 11% in the new report.

All three states lag their average and last year's progress. Minnesota last year was at 81% for corn, compared to 48% average. North Dakota last year was at 33%, compared to 18% average. South Dakota last year was at 60% compared to 32% average.

Iowa, the top corn producing state in the nation, also is far behind normal pace, with only 14% planted, compared to an average of 63% and last year's 84%. The U.S. in general lags normal corn planting progress. Only 22% of the corn in the 18 states that report corn progress had been planted, compared to 50% on average and 64% last year.

Both corn and spring wheat are at risk of having significantly lower acres than expected as weather delays continue to keep planting at a snail's pace .


Spring wheat planting in the six states that report on that crop sat at 27%, compared to 47% on average and 67% last year.

Minnesota farmers had planted only 2% of the expected spring wheat acres in the state, up only 1% from the week prior and far off the normal pace of 50% and last year's pace of 93%. North Dakota's spring wheat progress climbed to 8%, from last week's 5%, but lags last year's 63% and the average pace of 37%.

Spring wheat planting has gone far better in South Dakota and Montana. South Dakota was at 63%, near the average of 69% but well off last year's 90%. Montana was one of only two states — along with Washington — to be ahead of average on spring wheat planting, with 50% planted compared to the average of 44%. That's the same pace as last year.

The report said Iowa had only 1.8 days suitable for field work during the week. Minnesota had 2.6 days, Montana had 5.8, North Dakota had 2.3 and South Dakota had 3.9.

Here's a look at planting progress on some of the other crops grown in the region:


Iowa: 7%, compared to 34% on average and 64% in 2021.

Minnesota: 2%, compared to 25% on average and 59% in 2021.

North Dakota: 0%, compared to 6% on average and 15% in 2021.


South Dakota: 5%, compared to 12% on average and 29% in 2021.


Minnesota: 8%, compared to 63% on average and 96% in 2021.

North Dakota: 1%, compared to 62% on average and 91% in 2021.


Minnesota: 23%, compared to 58% on average and 86% in 2021.

North Dakota: 11%, compared to 32% on average and 47% in 2021.

South Dakota: 63%, compared to 69% on average and 87% in 2021.


Minnesota: 5%, compared to 43% on average and 85% in 2021.

Montana: 60%, compared to 51% on average and 55% in 2021.


North Dakota: 6%, compared to 33% on average and 60% in 2021.

Jenny Schlecht is the editor of Agweek and Sugarbeet Grower Magazine. She lives on a farm and ranch near Medina, North Dakota, with her husband and two daughters. You can reach her at or 701-595-0425.
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