Isolated rains were timely for those that received precipitation and above average temperatures throughout Minnesota continued to advance crop development during the week ending June 21, 2020, according USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork.
Field activities for the week were minimal, although a few reports of the second cutting of alfalfa hay were received.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 1% very short, 9% short, 72% adequate and 18% surplus.
Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 1% very short, 7% short, 78% adequate and 14% surplus.
Minnesota’s corn and soybean emergence were both virtually complete.
Few reports of corn silking were received this week, while soybeans blooming reached 1%.
Corn condition improved slightly to 85% good to excellent.
Soybean condition dropped to 81% good to excellent.
Spring wheat jointing at 74%, 5 days ahead of last year but 2 days behind average.
Spring wheat headed reached 12% this week, 1 day ahead of last year but 5 days behind normal.
Spring wheat condition declined to 81% good to excellent.
The oat crop was 92% jointing, 4 days ahead of average.
Oat heading was 49%, 8 days ahead of last year and 2 days ahead of the average.
Oat condition dropped to 71% good to excellent.
Barley was 72% jointing and 20% headed with the condition dropping to 80% good to excellent.
Sunflower condition was down slightly from the previous week, rated 72% good to excellent.
Potato condition increased to 93% good to excellent.
Sugarbeet condition declined slightly to 97% good to excellent.
Dry beans were 98% emerged, both ahead of last year and the average.
Dry bean condition was rated 84% good to excellent.
Minnesota’s first cutting of alfalfa hay was 88% completed, 10 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of average.
Hay condition declined to 63% good to excellent.
Pasture conditions also declined to 64% good to excellent.