Weekly MN Crop Report 12 Oct 11

Unusually warm temperatures and continued dry conditions helped Minnesota soybean farmers make significant progress on the harvest this past week. The USDA says that the state’s soybean harvest was 83% complete as of Sunday, a 48-point jump from a week earlier. Those numbers compare with 74% at this point last year and 60% for the 5-year average. The statewide average temperature was 15 degrees above normal last week as well, and precipitation was light at most. The dry conditions are making fall tillage difficult for some farmers. Corn was 20% harvested as of Sunday, compared with 15% last year and a 13% average. And sugarbeets were 16% harvested, compared with 55% last year and a 50% average.