Weekly Minnesota Crop Report 01 Oct 13

Soybean maturity has advanced rapidly in Minnesota over the past week, but still lags behind the normal pace. The US Department of Agriculture says that 40% of Minnesota’s soybean crop has reached maturity. That compares with a normal rate of 66% by this time of year. But it’s a big advance from last week, when only 9% of soybeans were mature. 93% of the soybean crop was turning yellow or beyond, six days behind normal. Soybean harvest has begun, and is 9% complete. Minnesota’s corn crop is also behind in development. The USDA says 41% of Minnesota’s corn is now mature, compared with 98% at this time last year. Corn and soybean crop conditions both declined slightly last week to 48% good or excellent.