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All of Minnesota is abnormally dry, or worse

All 87 counties of Minnesota are suffering from drought stress, according to the June 8 drought monitor map.

Severe drought was noted in seven counties, covering about 2% of the state. At 44%, moderate drought covers most of the southern half of the state. That’s up from about 13% the week prior. About 54% of the state is abnormally dry, including much of the northeast part of the state.

Map of Minnesota
Photo credit: U.S. drought monitor

Less than an inch of rain has fallen in most parts of the state over the last week, offering little hope for improvement when the map is updated on Thursday. In addition to little precipitation, temperatures have soared as much as 17°F. above average over the last week, according to data from the Iowa Environmental Mesonet.

Map of Minnesota temperatures
Photo credit: Iowa Environmental Mesonet

According to the June 14 Crop Progress Report topsoil moisture supplies rated 19% very short, 45% short, 35% adequate, and 1% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 13% very short, 44% short, 42% adequate, and 1% surplus.

The report indicated six days suitable for fieldwork last week. Farmers moved cattle and cut hay.

Minnesota Corn Progress

Monday’s Crop Progress report said 98% of corn in the state had emerged, five days ahead of the five-year average.

Minnesota corn condition declined over the last week to 10% excellent, 48% good, 34% fair, 6% poor, and 2% very poor.

Minnesota Soybean Progress

Minnesota soybeans are 97% emerged, equal to this time last year and 11 days ahead of average.

Soybean condition also declined over the last week to 12% excellent, 49% good, 32% fair, 6% poor, and 1% very poor.

Minnesota pasture, range, and hay

USDA rated Minnesota pasture and range conditions 1% excellent, 35% good, 41% fair, 15% poor and 8% very poor in its June 14 report. The first cutting of alfalfa hay was 81% complete. Hay condition in the state declined to 2% excellent, 41% good, 38% fair, 12% poor, and 7% very poor.

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