Rainfall in Many Areas of MN & Iowa Benefit Crops, but More Rain is Needed

Minnesota farmers were able to take advantage of 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork last week.


Some areas received scattered precipitation, while others remained dry and crop conditions continued to decline during the week ending June 27th, according to the USDA.


Corn condition was rated 43% good to excellent, down from the previous week’s 50%.


Soybeans blooming reached 13%, three days ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of average.  Soybean condition declined to 45% good to excellent, compared to the previous week’s 53%.


Statewide, topsoil moisture supplies were rated 28% very short, 42% short, 24% adequate and 1% surplus.


In Iowa, precipitation limited Iowa farmers to 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork statewide.


Farmers reported crops benefitted from the rain, but more moisture is needed, especially in the northern two-thirds of the state.


As of Sunday, Iowa’s corn crop was rated 60% good to excellent.


Soybean emergence was virtually complete, with 19% of soybean blooming, 6 days ahead of the 5 year average.  Soybean condition was rated 58% good to excellent.


Topsoil moisture levels statewide were rated 12% very short, 30% short, 52% adequate and 3% surplus.