Weekly MN Crop Report 07 Aug 12

Welcome rain helped topsoil moisture supplies hold relatively steady across Minnesota this past week, despite the drought across most of the country. In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the USDA says that rainfall ranged from just-over an inch-and-a-half in the southeast to around three-quarters of an inch in central Minnesota. Topsoil moisture was rated 15% very short, 35% short, 48% adequate, and 2% surplus. Producers made significant progress on the small-grain harvest despite the rain. The spring wheat harvest is 80% complete, compared with 4% last year and 14% for the 5-year average. Corn and soybean conditions also held relatively steady. The corn crop is rated 76% in fair to good condition, while soybeans are 80% fair to good.