USDA Crop Progress Report - August 12
Another reasonably dry week across the state allowed Minnesota farmers 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 11, 2019, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Crop development has continued at a steady pace. Second cutting of hay was able to progress with the dry weather and is nearing completion. Small grain havest is now in full swing. Other field activities for the week included some fungicide application on corn and soybeans.
Topsoil moisture condition was rated 2 percent very short, 10 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture condition was rated 2 percent very short, 7 percent short, 82 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus.
Silked corn, at 96 percent, was 8 days behind last year and 3 days behind the 5-year average. Thirty percent of the corn crop has reached the dough stage, 10 days behind last year and 8 days behind normal. Corn condition was rated at 56 percent good to excellent.
Soybeans blooming reached 97 percent this week, 3 days behind last year and 1 day behind the average. Seventy-four percent of soybeans were setting pods, 5 days behind average. Soybean condition rated 59 percent good to excellent, declining from the previous week.
The second cutting of alfalfa hay reached 95 percent this week, catching up to the 5-year average. Pasture condition rated 68 percent good to excellent, degrading from the previous week.