ST. PAUL (AP) -- Hot weather and locally heavy storms gave way to seasonably warm, mostly sunny days and generally kept crop development and fieldwork on schedule last week, the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service said.
In its weekly crop weather report, the service said Monday that statewide temperatures for the week averaged 5.5 degrees above normal. Statewide topsoil moisture as of Friday were rated 2 percent very short, 11 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. An average of 5.8 days were suitable for fieldwork last week.
The spring wheat harvest is finally wrapping up in the major growing area of the Red River Valley, where only light rains fell. The spring wheat harvest was 95 percent complete, compared with 99 percent a year ago and 96 percent for the five-year average.
The soybean harvest has begun in scattered areas in the southern half of the state, and is expected to speed up in the coming week. Reports indicate that beans have been drying to suitably low moisture levels even though the plants themselves remain green.
The harvest of corn for grain is poised to begin within a week or two in many counties. An estimated 94 percent of the field corn acreage had reached or surpassed the dent stage as of Sunday, compared with 87 percent for the same date a year ago and a five-year average of 91 percent. Corn was 22 percent mature versus 11 percent last year and 30 percent for the five-year average.
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