Warm weather conditions boosted small grain development
during the week ending June 7, 2020, according USDA’s
National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.7 days
suitable for fieldwork. Field activities for the week included
moving cattle, cutting hay, and finishing up spraying and
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 2% very short,
16% short, 74% adequate and 8% surplus. Subsoil moisture
supplies were rated 0% very short, 6% short, 83% adequate
and 11% surplus.
Minnesota’s corn was 97% emerged, which was 18 days
ahead of last year and 9 days ahead of the 5-year average.
Corn condition remained at 83% good to excellent. Soybean
emergence reached 89%, which was 18 days ahead of last
year and 8 days ahead of average. Soybean condition
remained at 84% good to excellent.
Spring wheat was at 96% emerged. Wheat jointing at 37%,
was 2 days behind average. Spring wheat condition improved
slightly to 83% good to excellent. The oat crop was 98%
emerged. Oats jointing and heading were both ahead of last
year and the average at 66% and 19%, respectively. Oat
condition was down slightly to 75% good to excellent. Barley
was 97% emerged and 31% jointed with the condition
remaining at 84% good to excellent. There were a few reports
of barley beginning to reach the headed stage.
Sunflower and potato planting were nearly complete with
95% and 98% of the crops in the ground, respectively. The
first potato condition of the season rated 0% very poor, 0%
poor, 12% fair, 62% good and 26% excellent. The first
sugarbeet condition of the season rated 0% very poor, 2%
poor, 2% fair, 47% good and 49% excellent. Dry beans were
94% planted and 67% emerged.
Nearly one third of Minnesota’s first cutting of alfalfa hay
happened during the week leading to a total of 52% of the first
hay cutting completed. Hay condition improved to 71% good
to excellent. Pasture conditions also improved 71% good to