Weather Slows Start to Planting Season
It's been a tough spring for farmers. Snow in mid-April and frequent rainfall this month is causing delays in corn and soybean planting.
As of May 6, it's estimated that only 9 percent of Minnesota's corn crop was planted, that's around 16 days behind schedule.
However, the delay isn't having a big impact on projected yield yet.
"We can go out probably until May 20 to May 25 while still looking at 90 percent optimum, maximum yields," Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse said.
However, beyond next week, yield does begin to drop off.
After this week, Thiesse predicts farmers will start to look at shorter-season corn hybrids or switching their fields to soybeans.
The window for soybean planting allows farmers a little more time.
"The yield drop off isn't quite as dramatic," Thiesse said. "We can plant soybeans into late May, even the first week of June with very minimal reductions in yields."
Soil is another factor affecting planting. Warmer temperatures means warm soil and corn that has been planted is already coming up.
Now it's just waiting for drier soil.
"If we can dry the fields out, we should have fairly rapid germination and some good population stands to work with," Thiesse said.
Weather conditions in the next two weeks will determine how serious the delays are for corn and soybean planting.
As for crop insurance, the Final Planting Date for full-coverage on corn is May 31. The full–coverage deadline for soybeans is June 10.
--KEYC News 12