Rains Boost Topsoil Moisture Across Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Widespread rains gave a boost to topsoil moisture across Minnesota last week, but crop conditions remained relatively unchanged.
One reporting station had rain totaling more than 9 inches, according to the USDA's weekly crop-weather report for Minnesota released Monday.
As of Sunday, topsoil moisture supplies were rated 75 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus, and only 1 percent very short and 7 percent short.
Corn is rated 82 percent good to excellent, with an average height of 23 inches. Soybeans are rated 86 percent fair to good, with an average height of 6 inches.
Corn and soybean development is ahead of last year's pace and the five-year average.
Crop Development Continues To Progress Across N.D.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Crop development continued ahead of schedule across much of North Dakota last week but farmers continue to worry about insects harming their crops.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop, livestock and weather report that barley is 92 percent jointed and 62 percent in boot stage, which are ahead of the five-year averages.
Durum wheat advanced to 85 percent jointed, ahead of 2 percent last year and 4 percent on average. Spring wheat at 90 percent jointed and 62 percent boot stage is also ahead of pace.
The USDA says temperatures were near normal across parts of the south and below normal across the rest of the state. Precipitation was above normal in parts of the southwest, central and northeast and below normal elsewhere.
Storms, Hail Damage Some Crops In South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Crop development continues to be well ahead of averages, but severe storms caused crop damage in some parts of the state.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop and weather report that storms produced hail in some areas, damaging crops. Precipitation was generally less than an inch statewide. A few places recorded totals greater than an inch.
Development advanced for all crops, but there were signs of stress from lack of moisture.
Corn had an average height of 18 inches, ahead of the five year average of 10 inches, with 94 percent of the crop cultivated or sprayed once.
Soybeans were at 97 percent emerged, ahead of the five year average of 73 percent.