Crops are starting to show signs of stress as Minnesota’s topsoil moisture continues to decline.
In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that 5.1 days were suitable for fieldwork last week, the second-highest number of the season.
It’s been a cold, rainy spring but finally, Minnesota farmers have most of their crops in the ground. The success of Minnesota’s soybean season is being watched very closely half a world away.
Minnesota farmers are making progress on planting several field crops, thanks to a week of drier, warmer weather.
China’s recent purchases of more than $6.6 billion in U.S. soybeans is being called good for Minnesota, one of the largest soybean producing states.
Minnesota agriculture officials host a trade delegation from China this week.
A surprising drop in the U.S. corn and soybean crop sent grain prices surging to their highest level in 2 1/2 years Wednesday. The price increases stoked concerns about higher food prices and tighter supplies of feedstock for food and biofuels.
Southern Minnesota crops fared better than expected after flooding last month.