Rain Improves Weekly Crop Report 17 Sep 13

Minnesota’s topsoil moisture has improved, thanks to recent rain. The US Department of Agriculture says that an average of just-under an inch of rain fell statewide last week, with Central Minnesota receiving the most rainfall with around an inch-and-a-half. Minnesota’s topsoil moisture improved to 36% adequate. However, subsoil moisture declined to 34% adequate. Minnesota farmers have nearly finished the small grain harvest. The spring wheat harvest is slightly ahead of normal, at 97% complete. But corn and soybean development continues to lag behind last year’s pace. Corn is 5% mature, compared with last year’s 75%. 58% of the soybean crop is turning yellow, 36% points behind last year.