Nov. 14: Crop progress and pasture conditions

U.S. Department of Agriculture

South Dakota

For the week ending Nov. 13, there were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 49% very short, 38% short, 13% adequate, and 0%surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 46% very short, 40% short, 14% adequate, and 0%surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 96%, ahead of 88% last year and 77% for the five-yearaverage. Winter wheat condition rated 10% very poor, 27% poor, 39% fair, 24% good, and 0% excellent.Winter wheat emerged was 78%, behind 97% last year and 95% average.Sorghum harvested was 96%, near 93% last year, and ahead of 84% average.Sunflowers harvested was 93%, ahead of 81% last year, and well ahead of 70% average.

Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 41% very poor, 28% poor, 22%fair, 9% good, and 0% excellent.

North Dakota

For the week ending Nov.13, there were 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 21% very short, 44% short, 34% adequate, and 1% surplus.Subsoil moisture supplies rated 24% very short, 46% short, 29% adequate, and 1% surplus.

Field Crops Report: Winter wheat condition rated 1% very poor, 3% poor, 34% fair, 60% good,and 2% excellent. Corn harvested was 96%, ahead of 89% last year, and well ahead of 69% for the five-yearaverage. Sunflowers harvested was 91%, ahead of 81% last year, and well ahead of 71% average.

Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 4% very poor, 25% poor, 45%fair, 24% good, and 2% excellent. Stock water supplies rated 10% very short, 39% short, 51% adequate, and 0% surplus.

Nebraska

For the week ending Nov.13, there were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.Topsoil moisture supplies rated 48% very short, 38% short, 14% adequate, and 0% surplus.Subsoil moisture supplies rated 50% very short, 40% short, 10% adequate, and 0% surplus.Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 95%, ahead of 89% last year and 86% for the five-yearaverage. Winter wheat condition rated 19% very poor, 19% poor, 40% fair, 20% good, and 2% excellent.Sorghum harvested was 93%, near 90% last year, and ahead of 87% average.Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 45% very poor, 32% poor, 18%fair, 4% good, and 1% excellent.

Iowa

Harvest was mostly complete with 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Nov. 13,according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork included wrapping up fall tillage,applying fertilizer, baling stalks, and hauling and spreading manure.Topsoil moisture condition rated 18% very short, 35 % short, 45% adequate and 2%surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 25% very short, 38% short, 36% adequate and1% surplus.Harvest of the corn for grain crop reached 95% complete, eight days ahead of last year and 12 days aheadof the average. Moisture content of field corn being harvested for grain was 16%. Farmers in Northeast andSouth Central Iowa still have over 10% of their corn for grain crop remaining to be harvested.Livestock were mostly doing well, although the abrupt change to colder temperatures caused some stress.

Minnesota

Minnesota had 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Nov. 13, according to theUSDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Much of the state received significant rainfall.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 21% very short, 39% short, 40% adequate, and0 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 19% very short, 37%short,44% adequate, and 0% surplus.Corn harvested for grain reached 96 percent, on pace with last year and about two weeks ahead of the 5-yearaverage. Corn moisture content of grain at harvest averaged 16%. Sunflowers were 93% harvested, two weeks behind last year but a week ahead of the five-year average.