Weekend rainfall helped crops in much of central Minnesota

Several inches of rain fell west of the Twin Cities area.

It’s that time of the year for farmers when an inch of rain can go a long way.

Our weekend deluge hit areas west of the Twin Cities hardest. Several inches of rain fell west of the Twin Cities and in parts of southern Minnesota.

Rainfall totals
Rainfall totals in the past week.
Minnesota Crop Report

Rainfall totals through just Saturday show 2 to more than 3 inches fell in many locations in southern Minnesota.

Rainfall totals Saturday
Rainfall totals Saturday.
CoCoRaHS

Many locations picked up another shot of significant rainfall Sunday.

Crops getting by

Overall the crop picture in Minnesota remains fairly good despite patchwork rain in Minnesota this summer. Here are some highlights from this week’s updated Minnesota Crop Report.

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  • 62% of corn remains in good (51%) to excellent (11%) condition.

  • 63% of soybeans are in good (51%) to excellent (11%) condition.

  • 74% of wheat is in good (67%) to excellent (7%) condition.

Here’s more detail from this week’s crop report.

Minnesota had 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 7, 2022, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Weekend storms in the southern half of the state provided some relief to dry fields.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 9 percent very short, 19 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 6 percent very short, 17 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Corn silking was at 90 percent, 5 days behind the 5- year average. Corn dough reached 26 percent. Corn condition was 3 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 11 percent excellent.

Soybeans blooming or beyond reached 91 percent, 5 days behind average. Soybeans setting pods reached 60 percent. Soybean condition was 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.

Crop conditions
Crop conditions.
Minnesota Crop Report

Next rainfall chances Friday

Overall this week looks warm and dry. Highs will be in the 80s this week to near 90 degrees by the upcoming weekend. The best chance for more rain favors areas west of the Twin Cities again by Friday.

The European model favors rainfall of an inch or more along and west of Interstate 94 between Fargo and the western Twin Cities toward the Minnesota River Valley area.

European model (ECMWF) precipitation output
European model (ECMWF) precipitation output through Sunday.
ECMWF via pivotal weather