Weekly Minnesota Crop Report 04 Sep 13

Minnesota crops continue to feel stress from warmer-than-normal temperatures. The US Department of Agriculture says that the statewide average temperature last week was 76.7-degrees, nearly 12-degrees above normal. An average of .66″ of rain fell statewide, which is .15″ below normal. Despite the rainfall, statewide topsoil and subsoil moisture levels continue to drop. Topsoil moisture is now rated 66% very short to short compared with last year, while subsoil moisture is 61% very short to short. Soybean development remains behind the normal pace. 94% of soybeans were setting pods, nine days behind normal. Only 8% of soybeans are turning yellow, well behind last year’s 52% and the average of 23%.