Crop development helped by warm, dry weather minnesota
Warm and dry weather promoted crop development in Minnesota during the week ending July 7, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota Field Office, July 8.
There were 6.1 days suitable for field work, the highest of any week this crop year. Dry weather diminished both topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies to 7 percent surplus, a reduction from last week’s 25 and 21 percent, respectively. Statewide temperatures were 2.9 degrees above normal and precipitation was 0.67 inches below normal for last week.
The average corn stalk height was 30 inches tall, behind the 62 inches last year, and the five year average of 46 inches. Corn condition increased to 63 percent good or excellent. Ninety-six percent of the soybeans have emerged. Five percent of the soybeans are blooming, which is 16 percentage points behind the normal pace. The average soybean plant height was 8 inches tall, which is 4 inches shorter than normal. Soybean conditions also improved to 63 percent good or excellent.
Eighty-nine percent of spring wheat had reached the jointed or beyond stage, with 65 percent headed or beyond. Spring wheat condition improved to 67 percent good or excellent. Heading of barley and oats both advanced over 40 percentage points last week.
Range and pasture conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 60 percent good and 17 percent excellent. Alfalfa conditions improved slightly to 65 percent good or excellent.
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