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Harvest Begins With Short Topsoil Moisture

Harvest Begins With Short Topsoil Moisture

Sweet corn almost done while sugarbeets are behind.

Harvest is underway for corn and soybeans, according to the USDA NASS Minnesota Field Office.

As of Sunday, September 25, 2% of corn was harvested, compared to 2% last year and 3% for the five-year average. Soybeans were 3% harvested compared to 6% last year and 9% average.

Other harvest activities included corn chopped for silage at 82% complete, dry beans at 50%, and potatoes at 48%. The sugarbeet harvest advanced 1 percentage point to 4% harvested, compared to 16% last year and 12% average. The sweet corn harvest was virtually complete at 97%.

Dry conditions persisted despite scattered rain showers that fell early in the week. Amounts varied from near zero in southwestern areas to almost an inch in northwestern areas. Topsoil moisture supplies held steady from last week and were rated 13% very short, 35% short, 50% adequate, and 2% surplus. Fall-like weather prevailed as below average temperatures were observed at most reporting stations. Temperatures were 3.6 degrees below normal statewide, and 5.7 days were rated suitable for fieldwork.

Ninety-six percent of corn was in the dent stage, compared to 97% average, while 52% of corn was mature, compared to 58%average. Corn condition ratings were nearly equal to last week.

Ninety-one percent of soybeans were turning yellow, compared to 97% average, while 74% of soybeans were dropping leaves, compare to 84% average. Thirty-six percent of the state's soybeans were mature, compared to 52% average. Soybean condition ratings were nearly equal to last week.

Pasture condition was rated 6% very poor, 19% poor, 32%percent fair, 34% good, and 9% excellent.

Source: Minnesota NASS Field Office

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