Parts of MN and Iowa See Rainfall Last Week, but Many Areas Remain Short

Thunderstorms and light showers provided a welcoming sight for some farmers and crops in Minnesota, but dry and hot conditions continued in other areas in need of rain last week, according to the USDA.


There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork in the state last week.


Corn in the dough stage reached 44%, four days behind last year and one day behind average.  Corn condition remained at 36% good to excellent.


Soybeans setting pods reached 84%, two days behind last year but three days ahead of average.  Soybean condition was unchanged at 34% good to excellent.


Statewide, topsoil moisture supplies were rated 39% very short, 41% short, 19% adequate and 1% surplus.


Iowa farmers had 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 8th.


Corn silking or beyond reached 96%, equal to the 5 year average.  Corn in or beyond the dough stage reached 64%, four days ahead of average and 11% of the corn crop has reached the dent stage, 3 days ahead of the five year average.  Iowa’s corn condition was rated 61% good to excellent.


Soybeans blooming reached 97%, 10 days ahead of average, soybeans setting pods was at 84%, 8 days ahead of normal.  Soybean condition was rated 60% good to excellent.


Topsoil moisture supplies were at 18% very short, 35% short, 46% adequate and 1% surplus.