Little precipitation and above average temperatures in Minnesota and Iowa resulted in a majority of days suitable for fieldwork last week.
In Minnesota the USDA says there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 17th.
Minnesota corn was 18% silking, about 1 week behind last year and the 5 year average. Corn condition was 1% very poor, 4% poor, 27% fair, 56% good and 12% excellent.
Soybeans blooming or beyond reached 46%, while soybeans setting pods reached 10%, 7 days behind last year and 3 days behind the 5 year average. Soybean condition was 1% very poor, 4% poor, 33% fair, 53% good and 9% excellent.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 5% very short, 19% short, 69% adequate and 7% surplus.
In Iowa, the USDA reports that there were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork last week.
Corn silking or beyond was 31%, 4 days behind both last year and the 5 year average. Scattered reports throughout the state showed 1% of the corn crop reached the dough stage. Corn condition rating was 81% good to excellent.
Fifty five percent of soybeans were blooming, 6 days behind last year and 2 days behind average. Thirteen percent of the soybean crop was setting pods, 1 week behind last year and 3 days behind the 5 year average. Iowa’s soybean condition rating was 78% good to excellent.
Topsoil moisture conditions was rated 6% very short, 24% short, and 66% surplus.