Rain continues to hamper harvest
Cool temperatures, clouds and rainfall were common throughout much of the state during the week ending October 7, 2018, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 2.9 days suitable for fieldwork, with several reports of wet weather hindering harvest activity.
Topsoil moisture levels were rated 2 percent short, 61 percent adequate and 37 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 6 percent short, 65 percent adequate and 28 percent surplus.
Corn mature was at 96 percent, 13 days ahead of the five-year average. Harvest of corn for grain at 15 percent complete was over 2 weeks ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of average. Corn for silage harvest was 96 percent complete, 10 days ahead of average. Corn crop condition was rated 77 percent good to excellent.
Ninety-eight percent of the soybean crop was dropping leaves, almost 2 weeks ahead of average. Thirty-seven percent of the soybean crop was harvested, 6 days ahead of last year but 3 days behind average. Soybean condition was rated 72 percent good to excellent.