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Weather Report for Minnesota Produce Growers - June 11, 2020

Authors: Annie Klodd and Natalie Hoidal, University of Minnesota Extension Educators for Fruit and Vegetable Production


Northwest Minnesota received very heavy rain this week, putting the area between 300-600% above the 30-year average precipitation for this time of year. The entire state received some precipitation. However, growers in central Minnesota are still experiencing dry soils, at only 10-75% of the 30-year average precipitation. Irrigation is important at this time for central and southern Minnesota, especially for fruiting crops. This is a key time in the season for fruit development in many crops.

Observed precipitation (top) and percent normal precipitation (bottom) for the last 7 days (June 3 to June 10, 2020). Imaged Courtesy NOAA.

Growing Degree Days

The map below shows modified growing degree days (MGDD) accumulated between April 1 and May 13, 2020, using a base temperatures of 50 degrees F. To read more about how the numbers were calculated for this map, please visit:

Image: MGDD map for Midwest. Courtesy Midwest Regional Climate Center.

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