Very little planting has been completed as of May 6, 2011 in West Central Minnesota due to cold, wet conditions. A year ago, most farmers in our area had completed corn, soybean and sugarbeet planting by this date. The early planting in 2010 produced bumper crops, as favorable weather continued throughout the growing season.
This spring, the majority of the farmers have either planted nothing or perhaps one field of corn. The Southern Minnesota Sugarbeet Co-Op reported about 12-13% of the contracted sugarbeet crop has been planted. To my knowledge, there have been no soybeans planted. The pea companies have been searching for fields dry enough to plant the contracted green pea crop. They have had some success in doing so.
Most farmers feel that there will be no need to switch to earlier maturing hybrids unless planting gets delayed beyond May 15th.