Corn and soybean harvest continued well ahead of last year and the five- year average pace, according to the USDA, NASS, Minnesota Field Office. As of October 7, 95 percent of the state’s soybeans were harvested, compared to 69 percent last year and 55 percent average. The average moisture content of harvested soybeans was 9 percent. The corn harvest was 78 percent complete, compared to 16 percent last year and 11 percent average. The average moisture content of harvested corn was 14 percent. Statewide, 6.4 days were rated suitable for fieldwork during the week.
Variable weather conditions were seen across the state this week. The season’s first significant snow storm crossed northwestern Minnesota. Record snowfall amounts were recorded on Thursday in some areas, while most of the state remained dry throughout the week. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 45 percent very short, 41 percent short, and 14 percent adequate, compared to 44 percent very short, 41 percent short, and 15 percent adequate a week earlier.
Other harvest activities continued ahead of average pace. Sunflowers were 67 percent harvested, compared to 28 percent last year and 20 percent average. Sunflowers were rated 84 percent in good to excellent condition. Sugarbeets were 41 percent harvested, compared to 15 percent last year, and 37 percent average. Sugarbeets were rated 78 percent in good to excellent condition. The dry bean and potato harvests were nearly complete. Dry beans were 97 percent harvested, compared to 90 percent last year and 87 percent average. The potato harvest was 95 percent complete, compared to 84 percent last year and 82 percent average.
Pasture and range condition was rated 35 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 12 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.