Scattered thunderstorms last week prevented farmers in southern Minnesota from making planting progress, leaving producers to wonder if they need to move to earlier corn hybrids or switch their acreage to soybeans.

For now, Agronomists are advising growers to stick with planting full-season corn hybrids for another few weeks in the southern portion of the state. 

Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse says his best guess is that producers will still try to plant crops in May.

“The final planting date for corn in southern Minnesota isn’t until May 31 and they may go to some earlier hybrids here as we move down the road. But, I think economically it still makes sense to try and get some corn in the ground. Certainly with soybeans, we’ve seen in the past we can plant soybeans in late May, even into early June and get some very respectable yields.”

The final date to plant soybeans is June 10.

“Until we hit those final planting dates, certainly it economically makes senses. Even beyond that, if you’ve already put the fertilizer down for the corn or you got some other inputs in, you really need to evaluate what makes sense. Because the preventive planting payment is only 55-percent of the guarantee.”

According to the latest USDA Crop Report, 40-percent of the corn crop has been planted around the state, which is eight days behind the average. As for soybeans, 11-percent has been planted, nine days behind the average.