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Small Grain Harvest Almost Done

Small Grain Harvest Almost Done

Half of the state has adequate topsoil moisture.

The small grain harvest neared completion despite scattered precipitation during the week, according to the USDA-NASS Minnesota Field Office.

For the week ending August 12, the spring wheat harvest was 92% complete, compared to 17% last year and 30% for the five-year average.

Oats harvested were 95% complete, compared to 43% last year and 58% average.

Other harvest progress included sweet corn at 49% complete, canola at 23% complete, potatoes at 11% complete, and corn harvested for silage at 8% complete.

Cooler, dry conditions prevailed during the week.  Statewide, average temperatures were 3 degrees cooler than normal.

Small Grain Harvest Almost Done

Topsoil moisture supplies were relatively unchanged from the previous week and were rated 15% very short, 35% short, 49% adequate, and 1% surplus. Statewide, 5.9 days were rated suitable for fieldwork.

Corn was 95% at the milk stage or beyond, compared to 65% for the five year average. Corn was 74% at the dough stage or beyond, compared to 26% average. Twenty-three percent of corn was at the dent stage, compared to 5% average.  Soybeans were 94% setting pods, compared to 74% average, and 2% turning yellow, compared to 1% average.  The corn crop was rated 77% in fair to good condition, while soybeans were rated 80% in fair to good condition.  Both corn and soybean condition ratings held relatively steady from the previous week.

Range and pasture condition was rated 17% very poor, 20% poor, 29% fair, 31% good, and 3% excellent, relatively unchanged from the previous week.

Source: USDA NASS Minnesota Field Office

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