Good weather allows crop progress
Mostly dry conditions with a few isolated storms gave Minnesota farmers 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 9, 2019, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics service. Planting progress was made for all crops in Minnesota given the favorable weather conditions. Warmer temperatures across the state aided crop emergence and development. Some fertilizer side dressing and pesticide spraying also took place when weather would allow.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 66 percent adequate and 32 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 65 percent adequate and 33 percent surplus.
Ninety-two percent of Minnesota's corn was planted, 2 weeks behind last year and the five-year average. Sixty-nine percent of the corn crop had emerged, 2 weeks behind normal. The first condition rating for corn was rated at 33 percent fair, 49 percent good and 11 percent excellent. Soybeans were 79 percent planted, nearly 2 weeks behind last year and the 5-year average, while 43 percent of the soybean crop had emerged.
The first cutting of alfalfa hay was 29 percent complete, 4 days behind last year and 5 days behind the average. All hay conditions rated 64 percent good to excellent. Pasture conditions rated 62 percent good to excellent.
In Iowa, ninety-three percent of the expected corn crop has been planted, over two weeks behind last year and almost 3 weeks behind the 5-year average. Seventy-three percent of the crop has emerged, over two weeks behind last year and average. Corn condition rated 58 percent good to excellent.
Nearly one-third of the expected soybean crop was planted this past week. Iowa soybean growers now have 70 percent of the expected crop planted, 17 days behind last year and average. Thirty-five percent of the crop has emerged, over two weeks behind last year and average.