Farmers stay on top of harvest
Warm and dry weather has been on the side of Minnesota farmers the past few weeks and allowed them to near the end of the harvest season.
The soybean harvest was the first to be completed and then it was onto the corn.
As of the end of the first week of November, the corn for grain harvest advanced to nearly 90 percent complete, reported the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service for Minnesota.
Harvesting in Minnesota was reported four days behind the five-year average and nine days behind last year.
Corn moisture content of grain at harvest was 17 percent. Eighty-five percent of the sunflower acreage was harvested four days behind the average.
There continued to be fields too saturated to harvest, leading some to decide that they will wait for a hard freeze to complete harvest. Field activities for the week included harvesting and tillage.
Soybean harvest reports for Minnesota showed yields in the high 60 bushels to the acre average. For corn, harvest averages were reported in the high 220 bushels to the acre range.
Early harvest predictions indicated the harvest to be the second highest ever.
Many portions of Minnesota received record. or near-record, levels of precipitation during the 2016 growing season. Rainfall in late September forced many state farmers to delay their harvesting but once warm and dry weather returned, farmers took advantage of the change.