Weekly Minnesota USDA Crop Report 15 Jul 14

Most Minnesota crops conditions showed improvement during the past week. The US Department of Agriculture says that only potato and hay conditions showed a slight decline. Corn conditions are 64% good to excellent while soybeans are 62% good to excellent. Fifty percent of the spring wheat crop is in good to excellent condition. Oat conditions are 66% good to excellent while sugar beets are 21% good to excellent. There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork, giving farmers time to apply herbicides and harvest the second cutting of alfalfa hay. Soil moisture continues to be high after all the rain. Topsoil moisture is rated 78% adequate and 21% surplus statewide, while subsoil moisture is rated 75% adequate and 23% surplus.