Corn and soybean crops in southeastern Minnesota looking good headed down the home stretch of the growing season

Minnesota had 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 28, 2022, according to the latest Minnesota Crop Progress and Condition Report from the USDA.  KAUS News spoke with Josh Schofner, a Field Agronomist with Pioneer who stated that the areas’ corn crop is looking good heading down the home stretch of the growing season…

Schofner went on to state that despite a bit of a slow start, the areas’ soybean crop is looking good as well, and he added that concerning soybean diseases, sudden death syndrome and white mold have been the two most prevalent diseases in the crop thus far…

Schofner stated that barring a change in the weather, both the corn and soybean crops are on track to come to full maturity, with harvest of early varieties of each crop getting underway later this month…

According to the report, topsoil moisture supplies were rated 4 percent very short, 18 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 4 percent very short, 16 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Corn in or beyond the dough stage reached 83 percent. Corn dented reached 23 percent, 6 days behind the 5- year average. Corn condition was 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Soybeans setting pods reached 95 percent. Soybeans coloring reached 11 percent, 4 days behind average. Soybean condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Oats were 76 percent harvested. Spring wheat was 44 percent harvested. Spring wheat condition was 0 percent very poor, 0 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 79 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. 

The report also stated that pasture conditions in the state were rated at 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 13 percent excellent.

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