The hot, dry weather is putting stress on pastures across Minnesota. The US Department of Agriculture says that soil moisture supplies continue to decline in Minnesota, with almost one-third of the state’s topsoil and 23% of its subsoil now rated very short. Many parts of the state received no rain last week, and the statewide average was only .05″. Meanwhile, the state’s average temperature was more than 4-degrees above normal at almost 67-degrees. Nearly half the state’s pastures are rated in poor to very poor condition, and corn and soybean conditions are both rated 51% good or excellent. Minnesota’s sweet corn harvest advanced 14 percentage points to 70% complete last week as well, but remains behind the normal 76% for this time of year.