- Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota’s soybean and small grains continue developing well ahead of last year’s pace.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly crop report, 63 percent of Minnesota’s soybean crop was blooming or beyond. That’s almost two weeks ahead of last year and 11 days ahead of the five-year average.

With 6 percent of soybeans setting pods, the crop’s condition is rated 78 percent good to excellent.

Oats, barley and spring wheat also are developing ahead of last year.

Seven percent of Minnesota’s corn acreage has started to silk, two days ahead of last year but six days behind average. Corn is rated 85 percent good to excellent.

The first cutting of alfalfa hay is nearly complete. The second cutting is 47 percent complete, a week ahead of last year.

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