Dry weather allows Minnesota farmers to catch up on harvest; A quarter of state’s soybeans harvested last week

Published 9:20 am Tuesday, October 18, 2016

ST. PAUL — Minnesota farmers are making up for lost time on the fall harvest, thanks to drier weather.

The Minnesota crop report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says 5.3 days were suitable for fieldwork during the week that ended Sunday. That’s the most days suitable since the first week of August.

While the drier weather allowed for harvesting in most areas of the state, some fields or spots were still too wet to harvest.

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Almost one-quarter of Minnesota’s soybean acreage was harvested last week. Eighty-seven percent of the soybean acreage was harvested, slightly ahead of average but a week behind last year.

Nearly all of Minnesota’s corn acreage is mature. Thirty-seven percent of corn for grain is harvested, six days behind the five-year average and five days behind last year.