Warm, Dry Weather Allowing for Rapid Harvest Progress in MN & Iowa

Minnesota had 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 30th, according to the USDA.  Average temperatures were five to ten degrees higher than normal over most of the state.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 21% very short, 33% short, 45% adequate and 1% surplus.

Corn harvested for grain was at 80%, on pace with last year and about 10 days ahead of the 5 year average.  Corn moisture content of grain at harvest averaged 17%.

In Iowa, row crop harvest was winding down ahead of normal as Iowa’s farmers had 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork last week, the USDA says.

Topsoil moisture condition was rated 24% very short, 44% short, 32% adequate and 0% surplus.

Harvest of the corn for grain crop reached 77% complete, 5 days ahead of last year and 9 days ahead of the average.  Corn harvest in northeast and south central Iowa continued to lag behind with 58 and 59% complete, respectively, while 95% has been harvested in northwest Iowa.  Moisture content of field corn being harvested for grain was 17%.

Soybeans harvested reached 94% complete, 1 week ahead of last year and 10 days ahead of average.  Southwest and south central Iowa producers still had over 15% of their soybean crop left to harvest.