Crop Condition report for August 5
A reasonably dry week boosted the number of days suitable for fieldwork to 5.7 in Minnesota for the week ending August 4, 2019, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Crop development has continued at a steady pace. Hay cutting was able to progress with the dry weather, and some small grain harvest has started to kick off as well.
Topsoil moisture condition was rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture condition was rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus.
Silked corn, at 83 percent, was 10 days behind last year and 6 days behind the 5-year average. Fifteen percent of the corn crop has reached the dough stage, 8 days behind last year and 5 days behind normal. Corn condition was rated 57 percent good to excellent.
Soybeans blooming reached 90 percent this week, 4 days behind last year and 3 days behind the average. Fifty-three percent of soybeans were setting pods, 5 days behind average. Soybean condition rated 61 percent good to excellent.