Weekly Minnesota Crop Report 30 Jul 13

Cooler weather has given Minnesota farmers a break from the heat. In its weekly crop report for Minnesota, the US Department of Agriculture says that statewide, temperatures for the past week averaged 6.7 degrees below average. But despite the cooler weather, nearly 6 full days were suitable for field work last week. Drier than normal weather in the southern two-thirds of Minnesota did reduce topsoil and subsoil moisture to 26% short and 21% very short. North-central Minnesota was the only district in the state with significantly above-average moisture last week, with more than 2 inches of rain. Corn conditions declined slightly as well, to 62% good or excellent. 60% of corn was at or beyond the silking stage while corn stalks grew 12-inches, to an average height of 71-inches.