Harvest nearly two weeks behind average

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Minnesota’s corn harvest is 15 days behind the five-year average and 12 days behind last year. Just 38 percent of the crop has been taken in, though with each passing day farmers are making considerable progress.

Farmers were in the fields as snowflakes cruised through the air driven by winds gusting to 43 mph Monday. Cornhusks raced across country roads and drifted through the air.

With high temperatures in the low 30s, it looked and felt much more like late November than the last days of October.

Farmers have been working to catch up with the fall harvest that has been delayed by heavy fall rains.

Despite the weather, farmers were able to harvest nearly one-quarter of the corn for grain acreage this past week, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Still, farmers are bar behind the five-year with the corn harvest.

Corn for grain harvest was in full swing in the state and is now 38 percent complete, 15 days behind the five-year average and 12 days behind last year. Corn moisture content of grain at harvest averaged 20 percent. Corn condition rated 82 percent good to excellent. Ninety-five percent of the soybean acreage had been harvested.

Advancing 28 percentage points from the previous week, 79 percent of the sunflower acreage was harvested. Potato harvest was 97 percent complete. Sugarbeets were 98 percent lifted surpassing last year’s and the average pace. Pasture condition rated 47percent good to excellent.

Other field activities for the week included ditch and fence maintenance, fertilizer and manure application, and fall tillage, the USDA reported.

When last Friday’s high only reached 34 degrees it broke the record for the coldest high recorded on Oct. 27. The previous record was 37 degrees set in 1967.

Friday’s high temperature of 34 degrees was the coldest high temperature since March 15, when it also only hit 34. As of Oct. 31, the average high is 49 degrees and the average low 30 degrees....

 

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Pictured: Minnesota’s corn harvest is 15 days behind the five-year average and 12 days behind last year. Just 38 percent of the crop has been taken in, though with each passing day farmers are making considerable progress.
 

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