Mn Crop Progress

Minnesota farmers had 6.1 days suitable for
fieldwork for the week ending August 6, 2023,
according to the USDA’s National Agricultural
Statistics Service. Fieldwork included harvest of small
grains. Precipitation was limited across the state, with
the heaviest rainfall concentrated in the northwest.
Some producers were hauling water to pastures.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 25 percent very
short, 43 percent short, 32 percent adequate, and
0 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were
rated 19 percent very short, 47 percent short,
33 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.
Corn silking reached 96 percent, 1 week ahead of last
year and 3 days ahead of the 5-year average. The dough
stage reached 56 percent and the dent stage was at
8 percent. Corn condition dropped to 43 percent good
to excellent.
Soybeans were 93 percent blooming, 3 days ahead of
last year but 2 behind the 5-year average. Soybeans
reached 71 percent setting pods. Soybean condition
was 45 percent good to excellent.
Barley was 96 percent coloring and 16 percent of the
crop was harvested. Barley condition was 53 percent
good to excellent.
Oats were 96 percent coloring and harvest of the crop
was at 47 percent. Oat condition was 34 percent good
to excellent.
Spring wheat was 91 percent coloring and harvest
reached at 13 percent. Spring wheat condition was
47 percent good to excellent.
Dry edible beans reached 93 percent blooming with
78 percent of the crop setting pods and 4 percent
dropping leaves. Dry edible beans condition was
43 percent good to excellent. Potato harvest began at
2 percent with condition of the crop rating 78 percent
good to excellent. Sugarbeet condition was 94 percent
good to excellent. Sunflower condition was 52 percent
good to excellent.
The second cutting of alfalfa hay was at 89 percent.