Crop Progress and Pasture Conditions

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South Dakota

Sioux Falls – For the week ending November 13, 2016, unseasonably warm weather dominated most of the State, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Weather conditions were excellent for producers wrapping up harvest, completing fall tillage, and applying fertilizer. Emerging winter wheat, however, would benefit from rain. Winter wheat emergence was nearly complete, with a majority of the crop rated in fair to good condition. There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 11 percent very short, 27 short, 60 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 9 percent very short, 31 short, 59 adequate, and 1 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 92 percent, near 93 both last year and the five-year average.

Sunflowers harvested was 93 percent, ahead of 84 last year and 82 average.

Winter wheat condition was 1 percent very poor, 8 poor, 39 fair, 47 good, and 5 excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 96 percent, near 98 last year, but ahead of 86 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 10 percent very poor, 18 poor, 37 fair, 33 good, and 2 excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 9 percent very short, 23 short, 66 adequate, and 2 surplus.

North Dakota

Fargo, N.D. – For the week ending November 13, 2016, dry weather conditions allowed for rapid harvest progress on remaining unharvested acres, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Corn harvest activities neared completion due to sunny, warm weather. Farmers were also busy with fall tillage. Cattle producers were hauling hay and working calves. There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 3 percent very short, 15 short, 71 adequate, and 11 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 14 short, 72 adequate, and 10 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 85 percent, behind 95 last year, and near 89 for the five-year average.

Sunflowers harvested was 85 percent, near 88 last year, but ahead of 81 average.

Winter wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 73 good, and 5 excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 96 percent, near 97 last year.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 5 percent very poor, 14 poor, 32 fair, 45 good, and 4 excellent.

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

Minnesota

Above average temperatures and dry weather allowed Minnesota farmers to continue harvest and field activities during the week ending November 13, 2016, with 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There continued to be some excessively wet areas that farmers were unable to harvest. Field activities for the week included harvesting, applying fertilizer, hauling manure, baling corn stalks, and tillage.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus.

Corn for grain harvest advanced to 94 percent complete, 4 days behind the five-year average and 8 days behind last year. Corn moisture content of grain at harvest was 17 percent. Ninety-one percent of the sunflower acreage was harvested, 5 days behind average.

Iowa

Minimal precipitation and warm temperatures allowed farmers to make progress towards harvest completion during the week ending November 13, 2016, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities for the week included harvesting, baling corn stalks, tiling, terracing, hauling and spreading manure, and anhydrous application.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 2 percent very short, 10 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 2 percent very short, 6 percent short, 82 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus.

Ninety-four percent of the corn crop for grain has been harvested, equal to the 5-year average. This was the first time during the 2016 corn for grain harvest that progress was not behind average. Moisture content of all corn for grain being harvested in Iowa was unchanged from last week at 16 percent. While harvest is winding down in much of the State, southwest and south central Iowa still have over 10 percent of the corn crop and almost 10 percent of the soybean crop remaining to be harvested.

Grain movement from farm to elevator was rated 55 percent moderate to heavy, down 7 percentage points from the previous week. Off-farm grain storage availability was rated 65 percent adequate to surplus. On-farm grain storage availability was rated 59 percent adequate to surplus.

Livestock conditions were described as ideal with the week’s above normal temperatures and drier conditions.

Nebraska

Lincoln, Neb. – For the week ending November 13, 2016, unseasonably warm temperatures were again experienced and averaged six to nine degrees above normal, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rain early in the week was confined mostly to south central and central counties, with totals generally less than an inch. Harvest activities made good progress, with many producers now done combining. With limited rainfall over the last month, dry soils were noted in a number of counties. There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 14 percent very short, 38 short, 47 adequate, and 1 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 11 percent very short, 32 short, 56 adequate, and 1 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 93 percent, near 91 both last year and the five-year average.

Sorghum harvested was 97 percent, ahead of 90 last year, and near 93 average.

Winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 10 poor, 35 fair, 48 good, and 5 excellent.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 5 percent very poor, 13 poor, 31 fair, 47 good, and 4 excellent.

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