Minnesota small grain harvest nears finish line


Minnesota small grain harvest nears finish line

Beneficial rains and the harvest of small grains and silage highlighted another busy week for Minnesota farmers.

The latest USDA crop report says some areas of the state received above-normal precipitation.

However, topsoil moisture levels remain a concern with 82 percent rated short to very short.

Corn is being chopped for silage, and corn for grain reached 30 percent dented.  That’s on par with last year, and two days ahead of the five-year average.

Corn rated good to excellent dropped one percent to 34 percent.

Soybeans considered good to excellent increased two percent to 31 percent, with 20 percent turning color, nine days ahead of normal.

The spring wheat harvest is nearing completion, with oats 95 percent harvested and barley at 96 percent.

The second cutting of alfalfa hay reached 96 percent complete.