– Crop Progress & Condition

Minnesota farmers had 5.9 days suitable for
fieldwork for the week ending July 23, 2023,
according to the USDA’s National Agricultural
Statistics Service. The lack of precipitation over the
majority of the State and storm damage where it did
rain affected most crop conditions. Livestock were
doing well with no issues reported.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 25 percent very
short, 44 percent short, 30 percent adequate, and
1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were
rated 15 percent very short, 48 percent short,
36 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.
Corn silking reached 91 percent, 9 days ahead of last
year and 5 days ahead of the 5-year average. The dough
stage reached 39 percent and the dent stage began at
3 percent. Corn condition dropped to 47 percent good
to excellent.
Soybeans were 88 percent blooming, 6 days ahead of
last year and 1 day ahead of the 5-year average.
Soybeans reached 60 percent setting pods. Soybean
condition fell to 48 percent good to excellent.
Barley was 98 percent headed, 88 percent coloring,
and 9 percent of the crop was harvested. Barley
condition rated 57 percent good to excellent.
Oats were 91 percent coloring and harvest of the crop
was at 35 percent. Oat condition dropped to 34 percent
good to excellent.
Spring wheat was 84 percent coloring, while harvest
remained at 1 percent. Spring wheat condition dropped
to 54 percent good to excellent.
Dry edible beans reached 90 percent blooming with
66 percent of the crop setting pods. Dry edible beans
condition fell to 39 percent good to excellent.
Condition of the potato crop was 78 percent good to
excellent. Sugarbeet condition was 90 percent good to
excellent. Sunflower condition was 60 percent good to
The second cutting of alfalfa hay was at 84 percent.
All hay condition was rated 19 percent good to
excellent, and pasture condition was rated
17 percent good to excellent.