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Minnesota Small Grain Harvests in Full Swing
Minnesota Ag Connection - 08/13/2019

Another reasonably dry week across the state allowed Minnesota farmers 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Crop development has continued at a steady pace. Second cutting of hay was able to progress with the dry weather and is nearing completion. Small grain harvest is now in full swing. Other field activities for the week included some fungicide application on corn and soybeans.

Topsoil moisture condition was rated 2 percent very short, 10 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture condition was rated 2 percent very short, 7 percent short, 82 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus.

Silked corn, at 96 percent, was 8 days behind last year and 3 days behind the 5-year average. Thirty percent of the corn crop has reached the dough stage, 10 days behind last year and 8 days behind normal. Corn condition was rated at 56 percent good to excellent. Soybeans blooming reached 97 percent this week, 3 days behind last year and 1 day behind the average. Seventy-four percent of soybeans were setting pods, 5 days behind average. Soybean condition rated 59 percent good to excellent, declining from the previous week.

Ninety-seven percent of spring wheat was coloring or beyond, 1 day ahead of the average. Spring wheat harvested reached 8 percent, 9 days behind normal. Spring wheat condition rated 83 percent good to excellent. Oats turning color were virtually complete this week. Thirty-two percent of oats have been harvested, 8 days behind average. Oat condition was rated 67 percent good to excellent, declining slightly from the previous week. Twenty-three percent of the barley crop has been harvested, 1 week behind normal. Barley condition rated 79 percent good to excellent, declining from the previous week.

Dry edible beans blooming reached 96 percent complete, 3 days behind the average. Dry edible beans setting pods progressed to 83 percent this week, 2 days behind normal. Dry edible beans condition was rated 60 percent good to excellent, declining from the previous week. Sunflower condition rated 82 percent good to excellent. Potato condition rated 93 percent good to excellent. Sugarbeet condition was rated 77 percent good to excellent, declining from the previous week.

The second cutting of alfalfa hay reached 95 percent this week, catching up to the 5-year average. Pasture condition rated 68 percent good to excellent, degrading from the previous week.

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