June 28, 2012
Hot, windy, and dry conditions prevail across Colorado. The State experienced little to no rain last week with record high temperatures reported in several areas. Dry beans are 94 percent planted and 80 percent emerged, but only 36 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent. 17 percent of Colorado's edible beans are rated poor to very poor. Above normal temperatures and limited rainfall across central and western Nebraska increased drought severity this past week, stressing dryland crops and pastures. Farmers are actively irrigating row crops to offset the hot and dry conditions. 84 percent of the dry bean crop has emerged. Only 40 percent of the crop rates good to excellent, compared to 45 percent a year ago. In Michigan, planting of dry beans is all but complete. 79 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent. The condition of the North Dakota dry bean crop improved this past week, with 81 percent now rated good to excellent. One percent of the crop is blooming. Two percent of Minnesota's edibles are blooming, with 70 percent rated good to excellent, up from 66 percent the previous week.