Weather Alert

MN Crop Progress

Warm weather followed by rain towards the weekend
allowed for 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the
week ending September 22, 2019, according to USDA’s
National Agricultural Statistics Service. The much warmer
than normal temperatures across Minnesota aided crop
development in a much needed way. Harvest progress was
made for most crops, but was limited due to rain towards
the end of the week. Small grain harvest is nearing
completion, while other crops are slowly starting to be
harvested as farmers await drier conditions.
Topsoil moisture condition was rated 0 percent very short,
2 percent short, 55 percent adequate and 43 percent
surplus. Subsoil moisture condition was rated 0 percent
very short, 2 percent short, 59 percent adequate and
39 percent surplus.
Corn dented or beyond was 75 percent, 16 days behind last
year and 2 weeks behind the 5-year average. Eight percent
of corn was mature, 19 days behind last year and 2 weeks
behind normal. Corn harvested for silage reached
21 percent this week, 13 days behind average. Corn
condition was rated 55 percent good to excellent, rising
slightly from the previous week. Seventy-five percent of
soybeans were turning color or beyond, 9 days behind last
year and 1 week behind the average. Thirty-six percent of
soybeans have begun dropping leaves, 10 days behind last
year and 1 week behind normal. Soybean condition
remained steady at 55 percent good to excellent,
unchanged from the previous week.
Spring wheat harvested reached 94 percent, 9 days behind
average. Oats harvested were nearly complete, 8 days
behind normal.
Dry edible beans dropping leaves or beyond reached
91 percent this week, on par with the average. Dry edible
beans harvested reached 20 percent this week, 13 days
behind normal. Dry edible bean condition rated 68 percent
good to excellent, up from the previous week. Sunflower
condition rated 71 percent good to excellent, falling
slightly from the previous week. Potatoes harvested
reached 35 percent, remaining 10 days behind average.
Potato condition rated 90 percent good to excellent.
Sugarbeet harvest was 11 percent complete. Sugarbeet
condition was rated 83 percent good to excellent.
Pasture condition rated 60 percent good to excellent,
declining from the previous week.


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