Rains are continuing to come through South Central Minnesota, making it difficult for growers to replanting soybeans in drowned-out areas. Reports indicate that black cutworms have found their way into Minnesota. Black cutworms have been identified in the southern Red River Valley plus we’re seeing Army worm feeding on V4- V6 stage corn plants in southeast Minnesota. In spite of the abundance of rain over the past six weeks, crops throughout Minnesota are in very good condition.
The USDA, in its June 11 crop report, says 77% of Minnesota’s soybean crop is rated in good or excellent condition. This report comes after a week of variable weather conditions, including a significant amount of rain in southern Minnesota. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 95% adequate to surplus. Soybean planting is currently 98% complete, which is ahead of the 5-year average. Corn is 98% emerged with an average height of 8 inches; 84% of Minnesota’s corn crop is in good or excellent condition.