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June Ends With Adequate, Surplus Moisture In Most State Soils

June Ends With Adequate, Surplus Moisture In Most State Soils

Small grains in good condition and well ahead of average growth.

Recent active weather slowed fieldwork and included heavy rainfall, damaging winds and hail in localized areas, according to the USDA NASS Minnesota Field Office.

Rainfall amounts of more than 5 inches were reported in Grand Rapids, Aitkin and Cannon Falls during the third full week of June.

Duluth received 7.25 inches in a 24-hour period, prompting flood warnings to be issued in northeast and east central areas by the National Weather Service. Southeastern areas received considerable precipitation with an average of 2.84 inches.

June ends with Adequate, Surplus Moisture in Most State Soils

As of June 24, topsoil moisture supplies were rated 6% short, 73% adequate and 21% surplus, compared to 1% very short, 7% short, 75% adequate and 17% surplus the previous week. Statewide temperatures were 1.8 degrees above normal and 3.6 days were rated suitable for fieldwork.

Corn condition was rated 2% poor, 15% fair, 62% good and 21% excellent, with an average height of 34 inches.  One percent of the state's corn was silking, compared to 0% for both last year and the five-year average. Soybean condition was rated 1% very poor, 3% poor, 22% fair, 61% good, and 13% excellent, with an average height of 9 inches. Three percent of soybeans were blooming, compared to 0% last year and 1% average.

Small grain development continued well ahead of average pace. Spring wheat was 93% headed, compared to 7% last year and 28% average. One percent of spring wheat was turning ripe. Barley was 94% headed, compared to 8% last year and 32% average. Three percent of barley was turning ripe. Small grain conditions held steady from the previous week and were rated primarily in fair to good condition.

The first cutting of alfalfa neared completion at 92% compared to 78% last year and 80% average. Pasture condition was rated 4% poor, 20% fair, 59% good and 17% excellent.

Source: NASS Minnesota Field Office

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