Ag officials: Most of Minnesota corn in good condition

Published 10:20 am Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Minnesota’s corn crop is generally in good condition, though dry weather continued in the central and southern parts of the state.

According to the weekly crop weather report put out Monday by the Minnesota field office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, corn condition was reported as 2 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 66 percent good and 11 percent excellent.

The report says rain in northwestern Minnesota halted fieldwork for some producers.

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Herbicide is being applied to seedlings, but the work was delayed in some areas by strong winds.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 19 percent very short, 31 percent short, 42 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus across the state. There were just under six days suitable for field work.

Soybean planting is 89 percent complete and 57 percent emerged, both ahead of last year and the five-year average.