Corn and Soybean Condition in Minnesota and Iowa Falls Again Last Week

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, there were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Minnesota last week.

 

Corn acreage was 95% at or beyond the dent state, 24 days ahead of last year and 14 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.

 

Soybeans were 85% turning color, 14 days ahead of last year and 6 days above average.  Soybean condition dropped to 77% good to excellent.

 

Topsoil moisture condition was 2% very short, 8% short, 78% adequate and 9% surplus.

 

In Iowa, the USDA says wet weather allowed Iowa farmers just 1.4 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

 

The corn crop was 90% in or beyond the dent stage, over 2 weeks ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of average.  Corn condition was rated 42% good to excellent, a drop of 1% from the previous week and the lowest level since the week ending October 20, 2013.

 

Soybeans turning yellow reached 79%.  Soybean condition fell again this week with the crop now rated 48% good to excellent.

 

Topsoil moisture conditions statewide were rated 12% very short, 21% short, 59% adequate and 8% surplus.