Warmer weather and limited rain this past week helped Minnesota’s farm fields to dry out a bit from a rainy May.
Wet weather put a damper on fieldwork across most of Minnesota last week. And while the rain was welcome in dry parts of northwestern Minnesota, it saturated fields in the southwest.
Rain and thunderstorms slowed fieldwork in some parts of Minnesota this past week.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Minnesota farmers intend to plant an estimated 8.7 million acres of corn, up 7 percent from last year.
Unusually warm temperatures and continued dry conditions helped Minnesota soybean farmers make significant progress on the harvest this past week.
Crops are starting to show signs of stress as Minnesota’s topsoil moisture continues to decline.