Corn Progress Ahead of Average 21 Aug 12

Scattered showers and cooler temperatures moved into the region this past week, according to the USDA, NASS, Minnesota Field Office. Statewide, average temperatures were 5.7° below normal and precipitation amounts varied. Some areas remained dry, while over an inch and a half of precipitation was recorded at a few reporting stations across the state. As of Sunday, topsoil moisture supplies were rated 16 percent very short, 38 percent short, 45 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Statewide, 6.1 days were rated suitable for fieldwork during the week.

Spring wheat harvest reached 99 percent complete. Other harvest activities included sweet corn at 63 percent complete, potatoes at 15 percent complete, and canola at 39 percent complete. Sugarbeet harvest was underway at 2 percent complete.

Corn progress continued ahead of the five-year average pace. Corn was 92 percent in the dough stage or beyond, compared to 46 percent average. Fifty percent of corn was in the dent stage, compared to 15 percent average. Corn condition was rated 77 percent fair to good, unchanged from the previous week. Corn harvested for silage was 16 percent complete, compared to 4 percent average.

Soybeans were 97 percent setting pods or beyond, compared to 89 percent average. Six percent of soybeans were turning yellow, compared to 2 percent average. Soybeans were rated 81 percent in fair to good condition, compared to 80 percent the previous week.


Range and pasture condition was rated 17 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 30 percent good, and 3 percent excellent, relatively steady from the previous week.