Minnesota crop condition report for October 26
Below average temperatures and numerous snowfall events throughout Minnesota slowed the season’s rapid corn for grain harvest progress pace during the week ending October 25, 2020, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Muddy fields and pastures occurred statewide. There were 2.6 days suitable for fieldwork, the fewest days for any week since the two days during the week ending April 19, 2020. When producers were able to work in the fields their activities included harvesting corn for grain, soybeans, and sunflowers; applying fertilizer and manure; and fall tillage.
The widespread precipitation increased both topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies. Topsoil moisture condition rated to 3% very short, 9% short, 79% adequate and 9% surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 5% very short, 11% short, 79% adequate and 5% surplus.
Corn for grain harvest was 72% complete, three weeks ahead of last year and 10 days ahead of the 5-year average. Corn moisture content of grain at harvest averaged 17%, falling 1 percentage point from last week.
The soybean harvest was nearly complete at 98% harvested, 27 days ahead of last year and 18 days ahead of average. The sunflower harvest was also nearly complete at 95% harvested, 45 days ahead of last year and 30 days ahead of normal.
The weather events reduced pasture condition by two percentage points due to snow accumulation and mud. Pasture condition rated 43% good to excellent.