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State Harvest Pushes On Despite Rain

Rains help topsoil moisture but limit fieldwork.

Widespread rain during the past week boosted the statewide topsoil moisture supply rating to nearly 80% adequate or surplus for the first time since June, according to USDA, NASS, Minnesota Field Office.

Although rains reduced the number of days suitable for fieldwork to an average of 4.6 for the week, producers were able to make some progress on the harvesting corn, soybean, dry edible bean and potatoes. Pasture and crop condition ratings were generally improved with the added moisture during the week of Sept. 16.

The average temperature for the week was 62.2 degrees, 5.7 degrees above normal. Statewide topsoil moisture supplies as of Friday were rated 5% very short, 16 short, 73 adequate, and 6 surplus.

As of Sunday, Sept. 23, 87% of corn was mature, compared to 54% average. Nine percent of corn was harvested for grain compared to 2% average, and corn cut for silage was 90% complete, compared to 72% average. Ninety-six percent of soybeans were dropping leaves compared to 77% average. Eighty-five percent of soybeans were mature compared to 44% average, and 13% were harvested compared to 9% average.

As of Friday, Sept. 21, 43% of field corn and 53% of soybean were rated in good or excellent condition. Eighty-six percent of potatoes, 63% of sunflowers, 69% of sugarbeets, and 34% of pasture were rated in good or excellent condition.

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