Over 80% of Minnesota in Need of Rain, According to the USDA

Scattered showers helped crops in some areas of Minnesota, but dry and hot conditions left most areas in need of rain, according to the USDA.


There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 15th.


Corn in or beyond the dough stage reached 65%, five days ahead of last year, corn dented reached 13%, 2 days ahead of last year and the average.  Reports were received of corn being chopped for silage.  Corn condition was rated 35% good to excellent.


Soybeans setting pods reached 91%, six days behind last year, but one day ahead of the five year average.  Soybean condition was rated 29% good to excellent.


Statewide, topsoil moisture supplies were rated 46% very short, 38% short, 16% adequate and 0% surplus.