Nov. 8: Crop progress and pasture conditions

U.S. Department of Agriculture

South Dakota

For the week ending November 6, 2022, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Topsoil moisture supplies rated 46% very short, 41% short, 13% adequate, and 0% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 42% very short, 42% short, 16% adequate, and 0% surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 91%, ahead of 80% last year, and well ahead of 66% for the five-year average.

Winter wheat condition rated 9% very poor, 25% poor, 40% fair, 26% good, and 0% excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 75%, well behind 95% last year, and behind 92% average.

Sorghum harvested was 89%, near 91% last year, but ahead of 76% average.

Sunflowers harvested was 84%, ahead of 69% last year, and well ahead of 58% average.

Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 36% very poor, 31% poor, 23% fair, 10% good, and 0% excellent.

North Dakota

For the week ending November 6, 2022, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Topsoil moisture supplies rated 26% very short, 45% short, 28% adequate, and 1% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 22% very short, 50% short, 27% adequate, and 1% surplus.

Field Crops Report: Winter wheat condition rated 2% very poor, 4% poor, 28% fair, 61% good, and 5% excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 95%, near 96% last year and 93% for the five-year average.

Corn harvested was 91%, ahead of 80% last year, and well ahead of 59% average.

Sunflowers harvested was 82%, ahead of 65% last year, and well ahead of 62% average.

Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 4% very poor, 25% poor, 47% fair, 23% good, and 1% excellent. Stock water supplies rated 12% very short, 40% short, 47% adequate, and 1% surplus.

Nebraska

For the week ending November 6, 2022, there were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Topsoil moisture supplies rated 46% very short, 38% short, 16% adequate, and 0% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 51% very short, 37% short, 12% adequate, and 0% surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 90%, ahead of 81% last year and 75% for the five-year average.

Winter wheat condition rated 17% very poor, 19% poor, 40% fair, 21% good, and 3% excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 96%, near 93% last year and 94% average.

Sorghum harvested was 87%, near 84% last year, and ahead of 77% average.

Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 47% very poor, 30% poor, 18% fair, 4% good, and 1% excellent.

Iowa

Warm and dry conditions early in the week helped accelerate row crop harvest, which remained ahead of average with 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending November 6, 2022, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork included harvesting row crops, completing fall tillage, anhydrous application, baling stalks, seeding cover crops, and applying manure.

Topsoil moisture condition rated 17 percent very short, 37 percent short, 44 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 25 percent very short, 39 percent short, 36 percent adequate and 0 percent surplus.

Harvest of the corn for grain crop reached 89 percent complete, 6 days ahead of last year and 11 days ahead of the average. Moisture content of field corn being harvested for grain remained 17 percent.

Soybean harvest was virtually complete at 97 percent, 8 days ahead of last year and 9 days ahead of the average.

Livestock were mostly doing well, with some reports of calves being treated for pneumonia.

Minnesota

Minnesota had 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending November 6, 2022, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Soil moisture levels continued to drop as a lack of precipitation continued.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 23 percent very short, 40 percent short, 37 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 19 percent very short, 39 percent short, 42 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

Corn harvested for grain was at 92 percent, on pace with last year and thirteen days ahead of the 5-year average. Corn moisture content of grain at harvest averaged 16 percent.

Sunflowers were 87 percent harvested, about eight days behind last year but a week ahead of the 5-year average.