Southeast Minnesota Agronomist talks about area corn, soybean, wheat and oat crops

Favorable weather conditions allowed farmers 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 3rd, according to the latest Minnesota Crop Progress and Condition Report from the USDA.  KAUS News spoke with Josh Schofner, an Agronomist with Pioneer in southeastern Minnesota who stated that the corn crop around the area has progressed well with warmer temperatures as of late despite being planted later than normal…


Schofner stated that concerning the area soybean crop, he would put it in the “good” stage due mostly to reduced stands and late emergence because of cooler temperatures in the spring…

Schofner went on to state that although there isn’t a high percentage of wheat and oats grown in southeastern Minnesota, he noted that those that have planted those crops should be on the lookout for disease due to the warm and humid conditions…

Corn condition was 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Soybean emergence was at 98 percent according to the report, 18 days behind last year and six days behind the 5-year average. Soybean blooming was at 6 percent. Soybean condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Oats were 89 percent jointing and 32 percent headed. Oat condition around the state was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Spring wheat was 86 percent jointing and 5 percent headed. Spring wheat condition was 0 percent very poor, 0 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 68 percent good, and 9 percent excellent.

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