Corn, Bean and Beet Harvest Ahead of Five-Year Average

Soil moisture is adequate to surplus across the state.

Published on: Nov 6, 2013

Minnesota farmers harvested 25% of their corn for grain during the week ending November 3, according to the Minnesota Field Office of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

With corn harvest now slightly ahead of normal, this marked the first time all season corn progress was ahead of the five-year average.

Minnesota had five days rated suitable for fieldwork. Minnesota's average temperature was 0.6 degree below normal at 37.9 degrees.

The average precipitation statewide was 0.34 inch below normal at 0.11 inch. Topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies were 88% and 72% adequate to surplus, respectively.

Northwest Minnesota had the coldest average temperature at 33.3 degrees. The wettest region was East Central with 0.22 inch average precipitation.

Corn, Bean and Beet Harvest Ahead of Five-Year Average
Corn, Bean and Beet Harvest Ahead of Five-Year Average

Seventy-three percent of corn for grain has been harvested, compared to the normal 72%. Average corn moisture at harvest was rated at 19%.

Soybean harvest remained ahead of normal at 96% complete.

Sugarbeet harvest advanced 15 percentage points to 99% lifted, four percentage points above the five-year average.

Canola was 94% harvested.

Sunflower harvest moved along rapidly to 65% complete, an advancement of 28 percentage points.

Pasture conditions were 8% very poor, 16% poor, 37% fair, 36% good and 3% excellent.