Drought affecting Minnesota crops 17 Jul 12

It seems the stress in many Minnesota farm fields is growing faster than the crops. The latest report out from the USDA shows a lack of rain is causing major concern for farmers, especially in dry southwestern Minnesota, where most corn is at its vulnerable silking stage. Topsoil moisture slid again in the past week to a level of 47-percent rated adequate to surplus. Among other crops, 80-percent of the state’s soybeans are now blooming and the harvest of small grains began this week.