Weekly Minnesota Crop Report 09 Jul 13

A long stretch of warm, dry weather last week helped Minnesota’s crops catch up on growing. In its weekly crop report for Minnesota, the US Department of Agriculture says a statewide average of around 6 days were suitable for fieldwork last week, the most of any week this growing season. Temperatures were nearly 3-degrees above normal as well, while rainfall was about seven-tenths of an inch below normal. Crop development remains behind the normal pace due to a cold, wet spring that delayed planting. The average corn stalk was 30-inches tall by Sunday, compared with a 5-year average of 46-inches. The average soybean plant height was 8-inches tall, which is 4-inches shorter than normal. But corn and soybean conditions both improved to 63% good or excellent over the course of the week.