According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, there were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Minnesota last week.
Corn acreage was 95% at or beyond the dent state, 24 days ahead of last year and 14 days ahead of average. Corn harvested for silage reached 66% complete, 26 days ahead of last year and 11 days ahead of normal. Corn condition dropped to 76% good to excellent, its lowest rating so far this year.
Soybeans were 85% turning color, 14 days ahead of last year and 6 days above average. Soybean condition dropped to 77% good to excellent.
Topsoil moisture condition was 2% very short, 8% short, 78% adequate and 9% surplus.
In Iowa, the USDA says wet weather allowed Iowa farmers just 1.4 days suitable for fieldwork last week.
The corn crop was 90% in or beyond the dent stage, over 2 weeks ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of average. Corn condition was rated 42% good to excellent, a drop of 1% from the previous week and the lowest level since the week ending October 20, 2013.
Soybeans turning yellow reached 79%. Soybean condition fell again this week with the crop now rated 48% good to excellent.
Topsoil moisture conditions statewide were rated 12% very short, 21% short, 59% adequate and 8% surplus.