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Corn, soybean harvests begin ahead of five-year average

Minnesota

Harvest was underway for corn and soybeans during the week ending Sept. 9, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota Field Office, Sept. 10.

As of September 9, corn was 2 percent harvested, compared to 0 percent for the five year average. Corn harvested for silage advanced to 88 percent complete, compared to 36 percent average. Soybeans were 2 percent harvested, compared to 0 percent average. Other harvest progress included potatoes at 37 percent, sweet corn at 88 percent, dry beans at 49 percent, and sugarbeets at 10 percent complete, all ahead of their respective averages. Canola harvest was nearly complete at 99 percent harvested.

Temperatures during the week averaged 2.4 degrees above normal statewide and precipitation totals were primarily below average. Most of the state received some precipitation during the week, while two locations in southern parts of the state recorded over an inch. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 27 percent very short, 42 percent short, and 31 percent adequate. Statewide, 6.5 days were rated suitable for fieldwork during the week.

Crop development continued ahead of average. Ninety-six percent of corn was in the dent stage or beyond, compared to 75 percent average, and 43 percent of corn was mature, compared to 13 percent average. Corn condition ratings were relatively unchanged from the previous week. Eighty-five percent of soybeans were turning yellow or beyond, compared to 55 percent average, and 51 percent of soybeans were dropping leaves or beyond, compared to 19 percent average. Eighteen percent of the state's soybeans were mature, compared to 2 percent average. Soybean condition ratings were relatively unchanged from the previous week.

Range and pasture condition was rated 20 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 21 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.

Date: 9/17/2012



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