Cold and wet conditions curbed the number of days suitable for fieldwork last week to 1.5, that according to the latest Minnesota Crop Progress and Condition report from the USDA. KAUS News spoke with Josh Schofner, a Field Agronomist with Pioneer in Zumbrota who stated that the absence of a killing frost so far this fall has enabled the vast majority of crops in southeastern Minnesota to reach full maturity….
A small amount of the soybean crop has been harvested, and Schofner stated that early on, yields have varied greatly…
Schofner stated that if field conditions allow, a large push will be on this week to harvest soybeans before forecasted rainy, windy and cooler conditions roll into southeastern Minnesota later this week….
Schofner went on to state that with the wet conditions this fall, corn and soybeans may be susceptible to disease…
Corn dented or beyond was 94%, 17 days behind last year and 15 days behind the 5-year average. 39% of corn was mature, 20 days behind last year and 15 days behind normal. Corn harvested for silage reached 58% last week, 15 days behind average. Corn condition was rated 54% good to excellent, improving marginally from the previous week. 96% of soybeans in Minnesota were turning color or beyond, two weeks behind last year and 10 days behind average. 80% of soybeans have begun dropping leaves, 13 days behind last year and nine days behind normal. 8% of the soybean crop has been harvested, 19 days behind last year and 15 days behind the 5-year average. Soybean condition was rated as 56% in good to excellent condition.
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