Favorable Weather Helps MN & Iowa Farmers Make Quick Harvest Progress Last Week

Minnesota had 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 23rd, according to the USDA.  Favorable weather continued to allow harvest to move quickly.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 18% very short, 36% short, 45% adequate and 1% surplus.

Corn harvested for grain was at 61%, three days behind last year but about a week ahead of the 5 year average.  Corn moisture content of grain at harvest averaged 18%.

Soybeans harvested was at 95%, on pace with last year and about two week ahead of the 5 year average.

In Iowa, row crop harvest remained ahead of average as farmers had 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork last year, the USDA says.  Dry conditions resulted in some field fires being reported during harvest.

Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 28% very short, 43% short, 29% adequate and 0% surplus.

Nearly all of Iowa’s corn crop has reached the mature stage or beyond.  Harvest of the corn for grain crop reached 59% complete, 1 day ahead of last year and 8 days ahead of average.  The percent of corn harvested varied by area of the state, with just 38 and 39% harvested in northeast and south central Iowa, respectively and 82% harvested in northwest Iowa.  Moisture content of field corn being harvested for grain was 18%.  Corn condition was rated 65% good to excellent.

Soybeans harvested reached 88% complete, 11 days ahead of the average.