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Highlights (by USDA): During May, abnormal cool temperature slowing the emergence of some row crops and hindered head development in small grains in the western United States.  Temperatures in areas along the Pacific Coast, as well as portions of the Great Basin and northern Rocky Mountains averages as many as 8 degrees below normal.  Midwestern thunderstorms caused local wind, hail, and flood damage and slowed late-season planting activities, but maintained abundant soil moisture for developing corn and soybeans.  On the Plains, hit-or-miss thunderstorms accompanied building heat.  During the course of the week, daily-record totals in excess of 2 inches were common across the Northwest, Southeast, and from the Midwest into the Northeast.  At week’s end, on the night of June 5-6, a severe, deadly weather outbreak from the Midwest into the lower Great Lakes region spawned possibly as many as five dozen tornadoes.

Corn (by USDA):  As May began, producers throughout much of the major corn-producing regions continued to plant this year’s crop at a rapid pace.  Nationally, 94% of the 2010 corn crop was emerged by June 6.  Emergence was most rapid in Colorado, where warm temperatures provided ideal growing conditions during the week.  Overall, 76% of the corn crop was reported in good to excellent condition. 

Seneca Crop Report 2010:

Temperatures below normal with frequent showers.  Planted first supersweet late last week.  Water reservoirs on the Upper Snake River reporting 89% capacity.  The cooler than normal temperatures plus the rains that have fallen in the higher elevations have benefitted the water supply.

Rainfall this past week occurred in all growing areas limiting planting.  Rainfall ranged from 1” to 5 inches.  Temperatures will remain cool at the beginning of the week with temperatures reaching above normal by the end of the week.
Corn planting fell slightly behind this past week due to wet conditions with uniform stands continuing on all acreage emerging.  However, the crop is tracking 3 days ahead of normal.

Sweet corn planting is generally on schedule.  Apprx. 25% of Blue Earth’s supersweet corn has been planted at this point.  There are some areas that have now had some planting interruptions due to recent wet soil conditions / rainfall in the past week.  Should not be a major issue at this time.
Temperatures were above normal this past week pushing the crop ahead slightly compared to last week’s projections, with the forecast for the coming week to be more normal overall (cooler and wet the beginning of the week, and warmer toward the end of the week). General rainfall across most growing areas the past week should set up soil moisture conditions to be in good shape for the next week – 10 days across most of the MN growing area.

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