Above average temperatures aided crop development
during the week ending July 5, 2020, according USDA’s
National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were
4.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Field activities included
cutting hay and limited spraying.
Heavy rains in northwest and southern Minnesota
slightly increased overall Topsoil moisture supplies to
1% very short, 10% short, 73% adequate and 16%
surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 1% very
short, 7% short, 79% adequate and 13% surplus.
Corn condition was rated at 85% good to excellent, up
slightly from the previous week. Corn silking had
reached 2%. Soybeans blooming reached 43% this
week, advancing to 15 days ahead of last year and 1-
week ahead of the 5-year average. Soybean condition
increased slightly to 83% good to excellent.
Spring wheat headed reached 85%, advancing to 6 days
ahead of last year and 1 day ahead of normal while 3%
was turning color. Spring wheat condition declined to
77% good to excellent. Oats heading was 93% complete,
8 days ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of normal
while 26% was turning color. Oat condition dropped to
68% good to excellent. Barley was 91% headed and 8%
coloring with the condition remaining at 76% good to
Sunflower condition rating increased slightly to 74%
good to excellent. Potato condition decreased to 90%
good to excellent. Sugarbeet condition decreased
slightly to 95% good to excellent. Dry beans blooming
progress advanced to 28%, 12 days ahead of last year
and 5 days ahead of average. Dry bean condition
remained at 84% good to excellent.
Minnesota’s second cutting of alfalfa hay was 40%
completed, 16 days ahead of last year and 2 days ahead
of average. All hay condition improved to 62% good to
excellent. Pasture conditions declined slightly to 62%
good to excellent