Weekly MN Crop Weather Report 20 Aug 13

Minnesota farmers got plenty of time in their fields last week, thanks to a string of sunny days. But the lack of moisture is drying out topsoil. The US Department of Agriculture reports that an average of only a tenth of an inch of rain fell statewide for the week ending Sunday. Some areas reported no rain at all. Topsoil moisture fell to 52% adequate to surplus for this time of year. Subsoil moisture was rated 61% adequate to surplus. State Climatologist Mark Seeley says Minnesota is suffering from “abnormal dryness,” but officials are not putting any counties back on drought status yet. Farmers had over 6 full days suitable for field work last week – the most of any week this season.