Minnesota corn, soybean conditions mostly steady on the week

Favorable weather allowed Minnesota farmers about six days suitable for fieldwork last week.

The latest USDA crop report says topsoil moisture is rated 76 percent adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is 83 percent adequate to surplus.

Corn development is about a week behind normal at 18 percent silking, with 68 percent rated in good to excellent condition.

Soybeans are 46 percent blooming or beyond, compared to the five-year average of 59 percent.  Soybeans considered good to excellent fell two percentage points on the week to 62 percent.

Sugarbeets are 69 percent good to excellent, and the second cutting of alfalfa is at 53 percent.

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