USDA Crop Condition Report for Minnesota - July 27
Heavy wind and rain damaged crops in some areas of Minnesota but boosted soil moisture supplies and pasture condition statewide during the week ending July 26, 2020, according USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork. Field activities included cutting hay and harvesting small grains.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 2% very short, 7%short, 73% adequate and 18% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 1% very short, 6% short, 80% adequate and 13% surplus.
Silked corn, at 90%, was 13 days ahead of last year and 8 days ahead of the 5-year average. Corn was 15% at the dough stage, 9 days ahead of last year and 4 days ahead of average. Corn condition improved slightly to 84% good to excellent.
Soybeans blooming reached 89% this week, 9 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of normal. Soybeans were 55% setting pods, 10 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of the average. Soybean condition improved to 84% good to excellent.
Spring wheat turning color was 2 days behind normal at 72%. There were scattered reports that the wheat harvest had begun. Spring wheat condition improved slightly to 75% good to excellent. Oats turning color, at 90%, was 6 days ahead of last year and 3 days ahead of average. The oat harvest was 19% complete, 12 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of average. The oat crop condition improved to 72% good to excellent.
Barley was 87% coloring with some reports of harvest underway. Barley condition improved to 75% good to excellent. Sunflower condition rating increased to 74% good to excellent. The Potato harvest was8% completed. Potato condition decreased slightly to 89% good to excellent. Sugarbeet condition declined slightly to 92% good to excellent. Dry beans blooming progress advanced to 88%, with 57% setting pods. Dry bean condition dropped to 81% good to excellent.
Minnesota’s second cutting of alfalfa hay was 79% complete, 3 days ahead of last year but 2 days behind average. Pasture condition increased to 71% good to excellent.