July 5, 2022
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Planting Continues to Be a Challenge in the Northern Plains

As the calendar moves further into May, farmers throughout the northern plains continue to experience little to no planting progress. We have seen one of the wettest spring’s on record this year with everything from flooding rains in the Red River Valley to snow in the western Dakotas and Montana. It is good for catching us up on the drought, but bad for planting of spring crops.

According to the USDA Crop Progress Report as or Sunday, May 8th, North Dakota is just 1% planted with corn while spring wheat planting stands at 8% planted. The five year averages for this time of year are 18% and 37% respectively. Even Minnesota is well behind on spring wheat planting with just 2% in the ground, well behind the five year average of 50%.

USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey shares an update on spring wheat planting:

Now, as far as specialty crops go, they are struggling too in the Northern Plains. One of which is sugarbeets, at just 2% planted in North Dakota and 8% in Minnesota as of last Sunday. That is well off the five year averages of 62% and 63% respectively. Rippey shares more context on the sugarbeet planting delays:

Little to no progress is expected again this week across the Northern Plains with cool weather and more scattered rains in the forecast all week long giving things no chance to dry out. There are even talks of prevent plant acres swirling which would not be good given our already tight balance sheets for crops around the world.

Nationwide, 22% of corn and 12% of soybeans planted as of Sunday while winter wheat was rated 29% good to excellent, up 2 percentage points from 27% the previous week.

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