Soybean Harvest Behind in Some States As End of Upper Mississippi River Navigation Season Approaches

This article is taken from the Oct. 26 USDA Grain Transportation Report:

As of October 22, USDA’s Crop Progress report showed the projected record soybean crop was 70 percent harvested, 21 points higher than last week, and slightly less than the 5-year average pace of 73 percent.

Among the top three soybean producing States--Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota--only Illinois is ahead of its average harvest pace with 77 percent of the soybean crop harvested compared to the average of 73 percent.

Iowa soybeans are only 61 percent harvested compared to the average of 81 percent, and soybeans in Minnesota are 83 percent harvested compared to the average of 93 percent.

Soybean shippers using the upper Mississippi River have a narrowing time frame for barging grain as the navigation season nears its winter closure (typically late November through late February).

In preparation of the closing of the Upper Mississippi River, barges in the St. Paul, MN, area will begin their departure for southern destinations starting mid-November.