MN Crop Progress

Another reasonably dry week across the state allowed
Minnesota farmers 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the
week ending August 11, 2019, according to USDA’s
National Agricultural Statistics Service. Crop development
has continued at a steady pace. Second cutting of hay was
able to progress with the dry weather and is nearing
completion. Small grain harvest is now in full swing. Other
field activities for the week included some fungicide
application on corn and soybeans.
Topsoil moisture condition was rated 2 percent very short,
10 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 8 percent
surplus. Subsoil moisture condition was rated 2 percent
very short, 7 percent short, 82 percent adequate and
9 percent surplus.
Silked corn, at 96 percent, was 8 days behind last year and
3 days behind the 5-year average. Thirty percent of the corn
crop has reached the dough stage, 10 days behind last year
and 8 days behind normal. Corn condition was rated at
56 percent good to excellent. Soybeans blooming reached
97 percent this week, 3 days behind last year and 1 day
behind the average. Seventy-four percent of soybeans were
setting pods, 5 days behind average. Soybean condition
rated 59 percent good to excellent, declining from the
previous week.
Ninety-seven percent of spring wheat was coloring or
beyond, 1 day ahead of the average. Spring wheat
harvested reached 8 percent, 9 days behind normal. Spring
wheat condition rated 83 percent good to excellent. Oats
turning color were virtually complete this week. Thirty-two
percent of oats have been harvested, 8 days behind
average. Oat condition was rated 67 percent good to
excellent, declining slightly from the previous week.
Twenty-three percent of the barley crop has been
harvested, 1 week behind normal. Barley condition rated
79 percent good to excellent, declining from the previous
week.
Dry edible beans blooming reached 96 percent complete,
3 days behind the average. Dry edible beans setting pods
progressed to 83 percent this week, 2 days behind normal.
Dry edible beans condition was rated 60 percent good to
excellent, declining from the previous week. Sunflower
condition rated 82 percent good to excellent. Potato
condition rated 93 percent good to excellent. Sugarbeet
condition was rated 77 percent good to excellent, declining
from the previous week.
The second cutting of alfalfa hay reached 95 percent this
week, catching up to the 5-year average. Pasture
condition rated 68 percent good to excellent, degrading
from the previous week.