Minnesota crops get some rain, but soil still dry


Minnesota crops get some rain, but soil still dry

Widespread rain showers kept Minnesota farmers out of the fields for about half of the week, but many areas desperately needed the rain.  USDA reporters say 46% of the state’s topsoil now has adequate moisture, but 28% is short and another 20% is very short.  Subsoils are still very dry with only 30% rated adequate.

Ninety-five percent of Minnesota’s corn is now in or beyond the dough stage, with 50% dented.  Only 35% of the crop is rated good to excellent.

Thirty-one percent of the soybeans are good to excellent in Minnesota, with 40% now coloring and about 9% dropping leaves.

Minnesota’s sugarbeet harvest is underway, and USDA reporters say 71% of the crop is in good to excellent condition.

Twenty-three percent of the state’s potatoes are harvested. About 58% of the dry beans are dropping leaves.  Pasture conditions remain mostly poor to very poor.