Minnesota soybean yields surprise crop experts


University of Minnesota crop specialists say they're surprised over soybean yields in the state during the fall harvest, the Pioneer Press reports.

Experts tell the paper weren't expecting as good of returns following a late spring, a soggy start to the summer and a dry August.

The Minnesota Farm Guide reports that above normal temperatures in September allowed crops to reach maturity or near maturity.

Projections for the soybean yield weren't as optimistic coming out of the August drought, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture in mid-September said the lack of rain cut the soybean yield by 2 bushels an acre, from 41 to 39 bushels.

Despite the surprise, there have been some downfalls, including the federal government shutdown -- which has cut off the flow of information about harvest prices, progress and condition, the Pioneer Press says.

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