Crop conditions improved slightly over the past week as rain fell throughout Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin. With so little moisture in reserve, however, more rain is still needed across these areas. The rainfall disparity continues as saturated areas of southern Minnesota received more precipitation while dry conditions remain in the western part of that state.
USDA CROP PROGRESS
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Crop conditions are way ahead of last year, according to USDA North Dakota Crop report released yesterday. Statewide corn is 94% planted, compared to only 39% last year. The five-year average is 64%, so we are well ahead of those numbers also. The numbers stack up similarly in soybeans with the current planted acres at 84% as compared to last year at 9%; the five-year average is only 34%.
The warm, dry spring has helped us get in the field and get more acres planted. Now that the seed is in the ground, most farmers would welcome a gentle rain to help with emergence on dry soils in which we have been seeding oats. While there have been some rains in the northeast and south central parts of the state, much has been without rainfall for some time. Topsoil moisture supplies are listed as 25% short with only 4% surplus. A big change from last year at this time when the surplus was at 48% and only 1% was listed as short.
After experiencing unseasonably cool temperatures in May and June, many farmers across the Upper Midwest were hoping for warmer days ahead. Now the heat is in full force! It’s been so hot that it may cause pollination problems.
“The timing of this heat wave couldn’t be worse,” said meteorologist Harvey Freese in The Des Moines Register. “The old saying about hot weather being good for corn isn’t true during pollination.”
The ideal temperature for corn reproduction is 86 degrees, according to a recent article. Unfortunately, tassels and kernels will get temperatures averaging 95 degrees or more this week. Stay tuned to TheFieldPosition to see how weather is affecting this year’s crop.
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