USDA Says Crop Harvest is Underway in MN & Iowa

Minnesota had 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 18th, according to the USDA, as corn and soybean harvest is getting underway.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 7% very short, 26% short, 65% adequate and 2% surplus.

Corn dented of beyond reached 86%.  Corn mature was at 21%, one week behind the 5 year average.  Corn condition was 63% good to excellent and corn for silage was 43% harvested.

Soybean coloring reached 76%.  Soybeans dropping leaves was at 31%, 5 days behind average.  Soybean condition was 63% good to excellent.

Iowa saw widespread rainfall last week, resulting in 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork, as the USDA says row crop harvest has begun.

Topsoil moisture condition was rated 14% very short, 28% short, 57% adequate and 1% surplus.

Corn in the dent stage or beyond was 93%, 5 days ahead of the 5 year average, while 42% of the corn crop was mature, 2 days behind last year but equal to the average.  Harvest of the state’s corn crop began with 2% complete.  Corn condition was 64% good to excellent.

Soybeans coloring or beyond were at 75%, 3 days behind last year.  Soybeans dropping leaves were at 30%, almost 1 week behind last year and 3 days behind the 5 year average.  Soybean condition remained 63% good to excellent.