Soybean harvest underway in Minnesota

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Minnesota farmers took advantage of an average 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday with crop harvest progressing well ahead of last year for most crops, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Harvest advanced for dry edible beans, corn for silage, potatoes, and sugarbeets; and started for corn for grain and soybeans. Farmers also harvested sweet corn.

Forty-one percent of Minnesota’s corn acreage was mature, 7 days ahead of last year but equal to the five-year average. Corn condition rated 88 percent good to excellent. Thirty percent of the state’s corn for silage crop was harvested during the week, reaching 67 percent.

Seventy-two percent of the soybean acreage was dropping leaves or beyond, 8 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of normal. Soybean harvest reached 12 percent. Soybean condition rated 78 percent good to excellent.

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