NASS/MN: Crops lag averages, condition good

Minnesota crop development is lagging behind five-year averages, due to cool, wet conditions, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service June 27 report. Only 1.8 days were rated suitable for fieldwork in the week prior to June 26. Topsoil moisture is now 50 percent adequate and 50 percent surplus. Outstanding rainfall occurred at Canby, 4.1 inche; Faribault, 3.8 inches; Moorhead, 3.28 inches; Marshall, 3.3 inches.  Temperatures were 4.2 degrees below normal.

Here are particular crop progress and condition reports:

Corn – 16 inch average height, 29 inch average. Condition: 70 percent good to excellent.

Soybean – 5 inch height, 8 inch average. Condition: 67 percent good to excellent.

Oats – 25 percent headed, 60 percent average. Condition: 76 percent good to excellent.

Spring wheat – 10 percent headed, 45 percent average. Condition: 76 percent good to excellent.

Barley – 49 percent joint stage, 79 percent average; 10 percent headed, 48 percent average. Condition: 77 percent good to excellent.

Dry beans – 94 percent emerged. Condition: 62 percent good to excellent.

Alfalfa – first cutting 80 percent, 86 percent average. Condition: 81 percent good to excellent.

Potatoes – Condition: 83 percent good to excellent.

Sunflowers — Condition: 52 percent good to excellent.

Sugar beets — Condition: 68 percent good to excellent.

Pasture – Condition: 88 percent good to excellent.

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