Minnesota Ag News – Crop progress & condition

Producers averaged 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 25 according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Most of the state received light rain and higher than average temperatures. Livestock were doing well and some producers were feeding hay.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 16 percent very short, 30 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 12 percent very short, 33 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Corn began silking at 2 percent, 12 days ahead of last year and 1 week ahead of the 5-year average. Corn condition was 57 percent good to excellent.

Soybeans were 9 percent blooming, 9 days ahead of last year and 4 days ahead of the 5-year average. Soybean condition was 63 percent good to excellent.

Barley was 79 percent jointed with 40 percent of the crop headed and 3 percent coloring. Barley condition was 60 percent good to excellent.

Oats were 88 percent jointed, 54 percent headed, and 10 percent coloring. Oat condition was 50 percent good to excellent.

Spring wheat was 86 percent jointed and 33 percent headed. Spring wheat condition was 69 percent good to excellent.

Dry edible beans reached 93 percent emerged with 4 percent of the crop blooming. Dry edible beans condition was 75 percent good to excellent. The first cutting of alfalfa hay was at 96 percent with the second cutting at 9 percent.

All hay condition was rated 38 percent good to excellent, and pasture condition was rated 46 percent good to excellent. Condition of the potato crop was 84 percent good to excellent. Sugarbeet condition was 91 percent good to excellent. Sunflower condition was 67 percent good to excellent.