Crop Progress and Pasture Conditions

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South Dakota

Sioux Falls, SD – For the week ending November 20, 2016, most areas of the State were impacted by the first winter storm of the season, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The unseasonably warm weather of early November came to an end as snow, wind, and much colder temperatures moved across South Dakota late in the week. A majority of fall fieldwork was completed prior to the storm; however, unharvested acres of corn and sunflowers remained in some areas. There were 4.8 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 97 percent, near 99 last year, and equal to the five-year average.

Sunflowers harvested was 97 percent, near 93 last year, and ahead of 89 average.

Winter wheat condition was 1 percent very poor, 8 poor, 40 fair, 46 good, and 5 excellent.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 11 percent very poor, 18 poor, 36 fair, 33 good, and 2 excellent.

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

North Dakota

Fargo, ND – For the week ending November 20, 2016, temperatures averaged six to twelve degrees above normal across North Dakota, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. However, colder weather moved into the State towards the end of the week. Rain and snow were received in the southeast, with the largest reported amounts in the extreme southeastern corner of the State. There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 3 percent very short, 16 short, 70 adequate, and 11 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 16 short, 70 adequate, and 10 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 93 percent, near 97 last year, but equal to the five-year average.

Sunflowers harvested was 92 percent, near 94 last year and 89 average.

Winter wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 73 good, and 5 excellent.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 5 percent very poor, 14 poor, 33 fair, 44 good, and 4 excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 6 percent very short, 20 short, 71 adequate, and 3 surplus.

Minnesota

A strong winter storm moved across Minnesota, bringing the first significant snowfall for the season during the week ending November 20, 2016. There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. With harvest nearing completion, field activities for the week included harvesting, applying fertilizer, tiling, and tillage.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus.

At 97 percent harvested, the corn for grain harvest was nearing completion, 5 days behind the five-year average and 10 days behind last year. Corn moisture content of grain at harvest was 17 percent. Sunflower harvest was virtually completed, with 99 percent of the sunflower acreage harvested.

Iowa

Harvest activities were virtually completed during the week ending November 20, 2016, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Although parts of northwest Iowa received snow, activities for the State during the week included harvesting, baling corn stalks, tiling, terracing, hauling and spreading manure, and anhydrous application.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 3 percent very short, 14 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 2 percent very short, 9 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus.

Ninety-eight percent of the corn crop for grain has been harvested, 2 days ahead of the 5-year average. Moisture content of all corn for grain being harvested in Iowa was 16 percent. Southwest and south central Iowa were still lagging slightly behind with approximately 8 percent of the corn crop and 5 percent of the soybean crop remaining to be harvested.

Grain movement from farm to elevator was rated 51 percent moderate to heavy, down 4 percentage points from the previous week. Off-farm grain storage availability was rated 63 percent adequate to surplus. On-farm grain storage availability was rated 58 percent adequate to surplus.

Livestock conditions were described as good and many fields have cows out in the corn stalks.

Nebraska

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending November 20, 2016, above normal temperatures continued in the eastern part of the State, averaging six to nine degrees above normal, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Precipitation totaled half an inch or less throughout Nebraska, with some of it coming in the form of snow. Producers welcomed the much needed moisture after experiencing very dry soils. In most counties, harvest was nearly complete and fall tillage activities continued. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 14 percent very short, 36 short, 49 adequate, and 1 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 12 percent very short, 32 short, 55 adequate, and 1 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 96 percent, near 94 last year, and equal to the five-year average.

Winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 10 poor, 34 fair, 49 good, and 5 excellent.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 5 percent very poor, 12 poor, 32 fair, 47 good, and 4 excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 1 percent very short, 14 short, 84 adequate, and 1 surplus.