Minnesota crops hanging on in dry conditions
Minnesota farmers remain concerned about the lack of rain. USDA reporters say topsoil moisture is 10% very short, 36% short, and only 51% adequate with similar subsoil measurements.
Minnesota’s corn is starting to silk about three days ahead of average with 3% of the corn now silking. Sixty-one percent of the crop is in good to excellent condition.
Twenty-nine percent of the state’s soybeans are now blooming, five days ahead of average and 10 days ahead of last year. Sixty-four percent of the soybean crop is rated good to excellent.
Ninety-two percent of Minnesota’s barley is jointed and 66% headed with 10% coloring. Sixty-five percent of the barley crop is rated good to excellent.
Oats are 92% jointed, 70% headed, and 22% coloring, but only 48% of the Minnesota oats crop is in good to excellent condition.
Spring wheat is 95% jointed and 67% headed, but just starting to color.
Twenty-nine percent of the dry edible bean crop is blooming with 2% now setting pods.
Minnesota farmers have 25% of the second crop alfalfa hay harvested, and only 40% of all hay is rated good to excellent.
Reporters say most potatoes, sugar beets, and sunflowers are doing well.