Crop Progress and Pasture Conditions

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South Dakota

Sioux Falls – For the week ending November 6, 2016, fall harvest progressed on dry, warm weather, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. However, corn harvest progress remained slightly behind average as in-field drydown remained a factor in parts of the State. Fall tillage and fertilizer applications were ongoing. Livestock producers were moving cattle onto corn stalks in some areas. Drought conditions persisted in western locations, impacting rangeland conditions. There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 10 percent very short, 26 short, 62 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percent very short, 31 short, 60 adequate, and 1 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 81 percent, behind 86 last year, and near the five-year average of 85.

Sorghum harvested was 95 percent, well ahead of 75 last year and 73 average.

Sunflowers harvested was 89 percent, ahead of 82 last year, and near 87 average.

Winter wheat condition was 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 38 fair, 50 good, and 5 excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 93 percent, near 96 last year, but ahead of 81 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 10 percent very poor, 17 poor, 38 fair, 33 good, and 2 excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 8 percent very short, 22 short, 68 adequate, and 2 surplus.

North Dakota

Fargo, N.D. – For the week ending November 6, 2016, temperatures averaged nine to twelve degrees above normal across North Dakota, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Favorable weather conditions over much of the State allowed for good harvest progress. The exception was portions of the north, where moisture in the beginning of the week slowed harvest activities. By mid-week, drier conditions prevailed, which allowed producers to resume harvest activities. Livestock producers were busy moving herds off of summer and fall pastures and moving hay to winter feeding areas. There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 12 short, 74 adequate, and 12 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 13 short, 72 adequate, and 11 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 71 percent, behind 89 last year and 80 for the five-year average.

Sunflowers harvested was 75 percent, near 79 last year, but ahead of 70 average.

Potatoes harvested was 96 percent.

Winter wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 21 fair, 70 good, and 5 excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 93 percent, near 94 last year.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 5 percent very poor, 14 poor, 31 fair, 46 good, and 4 excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 6 percent very short, 19 short, 72 adequate, and 3 surplus.

Minnesota

Warm and dry weather allowed Minnesota farmers to continue harvest and field activities during the week ending November 6, 2016, with 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. 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.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 23 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 22 percent surplus.

Corn for grain harvest advanced to 86 percent complete, 4 days behind the five-year average and 9 days behind last year. Corn moisture content of grain at harvest was 17 percent. Eighty-five percent of the sunflower acreage was harvested, 4 days behind average.

Iowa

Despite 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the week ending November 6, 2016, corn for grain and soybean harvest progress remains behind both the previous year and the five-year average, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. A wide variety of activities were performed during the week, including chopping and baling corn stalks, tillage, tiling, and manure and fertilizer applications. Corn for grain continued to be piled outside as storage becomes tighter.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 85 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 83 percent adequate and 11 percent surplus.

Eighty-six percent of the corn crop for grain has been harvested, 4 days behind last year and 1 day behind the five-year average. Moisture content of all corn for grain being harvested in Iowa dropped to 16 percent. Ninety-five percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, 1 week behind last year, and 5 days behind normal. Corn and soybean harvest in southwest and south central Iowa continues to lag behind the rest of the State.

Grain movement from farm to elevator was rated 62 percent moderate to heavy. Off-farm grain storage availability was rated 69 percent adequate to surplus. On-farm grain storage availability was rated 62 percent adequate to surplus.

Livestock conditions were described as excellent with drier than normal feedlots for this time of year when compared to the previous 2 years.

Nebraska

Lincoln, Neb. – For the week ending November 6, 2016, above normal temperatures combined with dry conditions promoted fall harvest activities, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures averaged nine to twelve degrees above normal. Rain was limited to a few south central counties, with less than one-half inch received. Most of the harvest activities were focused on corn acres. There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 14 percent very short, 35 short, 50 adequate, and 1 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 12 percent very short, 29 short, 58 adequate, and 1 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 84 percent, equal to last year, and near the five-year average of 83.

Sorghum harvested was 91 percent, ahead of 80 last year and 84 average.

Soybeans harvested was 96 percent, near 98 last year and 99 average.

Winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 10 poor, 33 fair, 49 good, and 6 excellent.

Alfalfa fourth cutting was 96 percent.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 7 percent very poor, 12 poor, 29 fair, 48 good, and 4 excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 2 percent very short, 14 short, 83 adequate, and 1 surplus.