Warm weather conditions continued to advance crop
development during the week ending June 14, 2020,
according USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics
Service. There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork.
Field activities for the week included spraying, moving
cattle, cutting hay and harvesting some vegetable crops
in southern Minnesota.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 3% very short,
17% short, 65% adequate and 15% surplus. Subsoil
moisture supplies were rated 2% very short, 10% short,
77% adequate and 11% surplus.
Minnesota’s corn and soybean emergence were both
nearly complete at 99% and 98% emerged, respectively.
Corn condition improved slightly to 84% good to
excellent. Soybean condition remained at 84% good to
Spring wheat jointing at 48%, was 4 days ahead of last
year but 4 days behind average. Scattered reports of
wheat reaching the headed stage were noted by reporters.
Spring wheat condition improved to 88% good to
excellent. The oat crop was 78% jointing, 1 day ahead
of average. Oat heading was 32%, 8 days ahead of last
year and 4 days ahead of average. Oat condition was
down slightly to 74% good to excellent. Barley was
42% jointing and 12% headed with the condition up
slightly to 85% good to excellent.
The first sunflower condition of the season rated 1%
very poor, 3% poor, 22% fair, 64% good and 10%
excellent. Potato condition remained at 88% good to
excellent. Sugarbeet condition improved slightly to
98% good to excellent. Dry beans were 98% planted
and 93% emerged. The first dry bean condition of the
season rated 0% very poor, 1% poor, 13% fair, 73% good
and 13% excellent.
Minnesota’s first cutting of alfalfa hay was 73%
completed, 8 days ahead of last year and 3 days ahead of
average. Hay condition declined slightly to 70% good to
excellent. Pasture conditions also declined slightly 68%
good to excellent.