Weekly Minnesota Crop Report 29 Oct 13

Minnesota farmers are making rapid progress on the fall harvest after a slow start to the growing season. In its weekly crop report for Minnesota, the US Department of Agriculture says that more than a fourth of the state’s corn crop got harvested last week thanks to dry weather that made an average of around 5 days suitable for fieldwork. Minnesota’s total corn harvest was 48% complete as of Sunday. That’s 13 percentage points short of the 61% average, but the cold, wet spring delayed crop development by a week or two across the state. For the first time this season, however, the progress of the state’s soybean crop is ahead of normal. Minnesota’s soybean harvest is now 91% complete, 3 percentage points ahead of the average.