Warm & Dry Conditions Helping Farmers in MN & Iowa Wrap Up Harvest

Dry conditions allowed for harvest progress throughout Minnesota during the week ending November 7th.  According to the USDA, 5.8 days were rated suitable for fieldwork.

Corn harvested reached 92%, 12 days ahead of the 5 year average.  The average moisture content of the grain at harvest was 17%.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 3% very short, 14% short, 75% adequate and 8% surplus.

In Iowa, the USDA says that warmer temperatures and minimal precipitation allowed Iowa’s farmers 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

Harvest was wrapping up in some parts of the state.  Iowa’s corn harvest reached 84% complete, 4 days ahead of the 5 year average.  Moisture content of the field corn harvested for grain was 17%.   Only farmers in South central Iowa have over ¼ of their corn crop remaining to be harvested.

Iowa’s soybeans were 95% harvested, 3 days ahead of the 5 year average.  While soybean harvest is nearly complete in much of the state, farmers in southwest and south central districts have over 10% of their soybean crop still to harvest.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated 1% very short, 14% short, 80% adequate and 5% surplus.