Due in part to a cool, wet spring that resulted in some crops getting planted later than in earlier years, the corn and bean crops are maturing later that the five year average as the growing season winds down and with October a few days away.
The crop progress for the week ending Sept. 15, had five percent of Minnesota’s corn crop as mature compared to a five year average of 28 percent mature on that date.
The national average for corn is 22 percent mature compared to a five year average of 41 percent mature.
The condition of the Minnesota corn crop is listed as five percent very poor; 10 percent poor; 34 percent fair; 46 percent good and five percent excellent.
As of Sept. 15, the percent of Minnesota’s soybeans that had dropped their leaves was 21 percent compared to a five year average of 41 percent.
The condition of the soybean crop across Minnesota was listed as four percent very poor; 12 percent poor; 36 percent fair; 43 percent good and five percent excellent.
Weather will play a role in how well crops mature. Historically, the first freeze is around Oct. 7, in the St. James area. Right now the 10 day forecast is not calling for any freezing weather.
Temperatures look to be seasonal and there looks to be not a lot of precipitation in the forecast.