USDA Crop Conditions Report - Sept. 9, 2019
Continued cooler than normal temperatures across Minnesota have slowed corp development during the week ending September 8, 2019, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Small grain harvest continues this week, but was slowed by scattered rains. Reports in and around central Minnesota indicated a prevalence of white mold in soybean fields.
Topsoil moisture condition was rated 10 percent short, 82 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture condition was rated 7 percent short, 84 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus.
Ninety percent of the Minnesota corn crop has reached the dough state, falling to 14 days behind last year and 11 days behind the 5-year average. Corn dented was 42percent, 2 weeks behind last year and 1 days behind normal. Corn harvested for silage reached 5 percent this week, 10 days behind normal. Corn condition was rated 55 percent good to excellent, unchanged from last week.
Twenty-one percent of soybeans were turning color, 11 days behind last year and 8 days behind average. Reports of some soybeans starting to drop leaves were received this week. Soybean condition rated 59 percent good to excellent, a slight improvement from the previous week.
Pasture condition in Minnesota rated 62 percent good to excellent, declining from the previous week.
Iowa farmers had 5.7 days suitable for field work for the same period. Topsoil moisture condition was rated 5 percent very short, 26 percent short and 68 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture condition rated 5 percent very short, 24 percent short and 70 percent adequate.
Ninety-one percent of Iowa's corn crop was in or beyond the dough stage, 2 weeks behind last year and 12 days behind the 5-year average. Sixty percent of the corp reached the dented state, 2 weeks behind last year and 9 days behind average. Four percent of the corn had reached maturity, 11 days behind average. Corn condition rated 63 percent good to excellent.
Ninety-four percent of the soybean crop has started setting pods, 18 days behind last year and nearly 2 weeks behind average. Fifteen percent of the corp has begun coloring, 12 days behind last year and 9 days behind average. Soybean condition rated 61 percent good to excellent.