South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS — For the week ending December 1, 2019, there were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 0 short, 71 adequate, and 29 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 1 short, 67 adequate, and 32 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 80 percent, behind 94 last year and 98 for the five-year average.

Winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 3 poor, 28 fair, 58 good, and 9 excellent.

Sorghum harvested was 90 percent, behind 95 last year and 98 average.

Sunflowers harvested was 71 percent, behind 81 last year, and well behind 94 average.

Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 24 fair, 48 good, and 24 excellent.

North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — For the week ending December 1, 2019, there were 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 0 short, 46 adequate, and 54 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 0 short, 52 adequate, and 48 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Soybeans harvested was 92 percent, near 95 last year, and behind 99 for the five-year average.

Winter wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 26 fair, 60 good, and 8 excellent.

Corn condition rated 3 percent very poor, 11 poor, 36 fair, 47 good, and 3 excellent. Corn harvested was 36 percent, well behind 87 last year and 95 average.

Sunflower condition rated 5 percent very poor, 15 poor, 37 fair, 41 good, and 2 excellent. Sunflowers harvested was 51 percent, well behind 86 last year and 94 average.

Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 8 poor, 27 fair, 48 good, and 14 excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 3 short, 62 adequate, and 35 surplus.

Minnesota

Harvest continued for select crops in spite of widespread snowfall across Minnesota dropping the number of days suitable for fieldwork to 3.4 during the week ending December 1, 2019, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Field activities for the week consisted of harvesting corn and sunflowers, with some soybeans still standing and being taken out slowly. Other field activities included minimal amounts of fall tillage.

Corn harvested for grain reached 91 percent, 18 days behind the five-year average. Corn moisture content of grain at harvest averaged 20 percent, down 1 percentage point from the previous week. Nearly all of the soybean crop has been harvested, 22 days behind normal.

Sunflowers harvested reached 87 percent this week, over 3 weeks behind average.

Iowa

Rain and snow suspended harvest activity and limited other fieldwork across much of Iowa as farmers were held to 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending December 1, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Wet conditions have producers inching toward the finish line as the 2019 harvest nears completion.

Ninety-two percent of the corn for grain crop has been harvested, 11 days behind last year and 2 weeks behind the 5-year average. Producers in the Northeast and South Central Districts had greater than 15 percent of their crop left to be harvested while all others had 10 percent or less remaining. Moisture content of field corn being harvested for grain was at 19 percent.

Livestock producers have been feeding hay and grazing cattle on corn stalks. Muddy conditions and snow covered fields have been unsuitable for making bedding for overwintering livestock.

Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — For the week ending December 1, 2019, there were 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 13 short, 82 adequate, and 3 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 11 short, 84 adequate, and 3 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 96 percent, near 99 for both last year and the five-year average.

Winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 26 fair, 49 good, and 19 excellent.

Sorghum harvested was 97 percent, near 99 both last year and average.

Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 24 fair, 60 good, and 11 excellent.

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