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Some Minnesota Areas Receive Heavy Frost
Minnesota Ag Connection - 09/15/2020

Cool, damp conditions slowed crop maturity in Southern Minnesota while other areas received a heavy frost during the week ending Sunday, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Field activities included harvesting potatoes, sugarbeets, dry beans, and corn for silage.

Topsoil moisture condition rated to 2% very short, 8% short, 80% adequate and 10% surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 3% very short, 10% short, 78% adequate and 9% surplus.

Corn had reached the dent stage or beyond on 95% of the acres, 24 days ahead of last year and 2 weeks ahead of the 5-year average. Corn was 45% mature, 25 days ahead of last year and 11 days ahead of average. Corn harvested for silage reached 66% complete, 26 days ahead of last year and 11 days ahead of normal. Corn condition dropped to 76% good to excellent, its lowest rating so far this year compared to last week's 78%. Soybeans were 85% turning color, remaining 2 weeks ahead of last year and 6 days above average. Soybean acres were 41% dropping leaves, 11 days ahead of last year and 3 days above average. Soybean condition dropped to its lowest rating of the year to 77% good to excellent compared to last week's 79%.

Spring wheat acres were 97% harvested, 15 days ahead of last year. Sunflower condition increased to its best rating of the year at 82% good to excellent compared to last week's previous high of 76%. The potato harvest advanced 8 percentage points to 38% complete, 10 days ahead of last year and 1 day ahead of normal. Potato condition remained at 92% good to excellent. Ten percent of the sugarbeet acres have been harvested with condition remaining at 93% good to excellent.

Dry beans dropping leaves was at 85%, 6 days ahead of last year but 2 days behind average. The dry bean harvest was 20% compete, 9 days ahead of last year but 5 days behind average. Dry bean condition declined slightly to 81% good to excellent. Pasture condition increased slightly to 59% good to excellent.

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