Continued cooler than normal temperatures across
Minnesota have slowed crop 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 continued 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 0 percent very short,
10 percent short, 82 percent adequate and 8 percent
surplus. Subsoil moisture condition was rated 0 percent
very short, 7 percent short, 84 percent adequate and
9 percent surplus.
Ninety percent of the corn crop has reached the dough
stage, falling to 14 days behind last year and 11 days
behind the 5-year average. Corn dented was 42 percent,
2 weeks behind last year and 12 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 the previous week. Twentyone 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.
Spring wheat harvested reached 78 percent, 9 days behind
average. Ninety-four percent of oats have been harvested,
3 days behind normal. Ninety-seven percent of the barley
crop has been harvested.
Dry edible beans dropping leaves reached 68 percent this
week, 1 day ahead of average. Dry edible beans harvested
reached 5 percent this week, 1 week behind normal. Dry
edible beans condition rated 68 percent good to excellent,
improving slightly from the previous week. Sunflower
condition rated 78 percent good to excellent. Potatoes
harvested reached 19 percent, 10 days behind average.
Potato condition rated 93 percent good to excellent.
Sugarbeet harvest was 8 percent complete this week,
5 days ahead of average. Sugarbeet condition was rated
83 percent good to excellent, improving from the previous
Pasture condition rated 62 percent good to excellent,
declining from the previous week.