November 19, 2013
Dry conditions allowed Minnesota corn harvest to remain ahead of the normal pace during the week ending November 17, according to the Minnesota field office of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
There were 5.6 days rated suitable for field work, the most in any week so far this month. Minnesota's average temperature was 0.9 degree above normal at 32.2 degrees. Northwest Minnesota had the coldest average temperature at 29.4 degrees.
The average precipitation was below normal at 0.15 inch statewide. North central Minnesota had the most precipitation at 0.24 inch.
Minnesota Corn Harvest Ahead Of Normal And Nearly Done
Topsoil moisture decreased slightly to 1% very short, 8% short, 83% adequate, and 8% surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 2% very short, 20% short, 76% adequate, and 2% surplus.
Corn for grain harvest advanced seven percentage points to 94% complete, remaining over a week ahead of normal.
Minnesota's sunflower harvest advanced seven percentage points to 86% complete, but remained behind the normal pace of 89 %.
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