Weekly Minnesota Crop Report 22 Oct 13

Cool, wet weather has slowed Minnesota’s corn and soybean harvests in the past week. The US Department of Agriculture says that Minnesota had only three days suitable for fieldwork last week. Our state’s average temperature was nearly 43 degrees, almost 3 degrees below normal, and precipitation statewide averaged nearly 1.5 inches. Parts of Minnesota had trace amounts of snow by the week’s end as well. Ninety-five percent of Minnesota’s corn crop is mature, slightly behind the five-year average of 96 percent. Ninety-seven percent of the soybean crop is mature. The corn harvest is only 19 percent complete, well behind the normal 49 percent, while the soybean harvest is 80 percent complete, slightly behind the normal 83 percent.