Warm, dry weather helps Minnesota’s crops catch up 09 Jul 13

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A long stretch of warm, dry weather last week

helped Minnesota’s crops catch up on growing.


In its weekly crops and weather report for Minnesota, the U.S.

Department of Agriculture says a statewide average of 6.1 days were

suitable for fieldwork last week, the most of any week this growing

season. Temperatures were 2.9 degrees above normal while rainfall was

0.67 inches below normal.


Crop development remains behind the normal pace due to a cold, wet

spring that delayed planting. The average corn stalk was 30 inches

tall by Sunday, compared with a five-year average of 46 inches. The

average soybean plant height was 8 inches tall, which is 4 inches

shorter than normal.


But corn and soybean conditions both improved to 63 percent good or excellent.