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Soggy Fields Delay Minnesota Soybean Harvest
Minnesota Ag Connection - 10/11/2017

Continued soggy field conditions further delayed soybean harvest, which was still lagging behind the 5-year average pace, and hampered the corn for grain harvest during the week ending Sunday, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were only 2.3 days suitable for fieldwork, the least number of days since the 1.7 days during the week ending April 30. Despite wet conditions sunflower harvest got underway. Harvest continued for corn silage, dry beans, potatoes, and sugarbeets.

Topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 28 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 6 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 19 percent surplus.

Seventy-seven percent of the corn for grain crop had reached maturity, 6 days behind average. Corn harvested for silage was 83 percent complete, 10 days behind average. Corn condition dropped 1 percentage point to 80 percent good to excellent. Ninety-three percent of the soybean crop was dropping leaves, with 22 percent harvested. Soybean condition declined slightly to 69 percent good to excellent.

The dry edible bean crop harvest advanced to 90 percent complete, remaining ahead of the average of 89 percent. Sunflower harvest was 6 percent complete, 15 days behind average. Sunflower condition improved slightly to 84 percent good to excellent. Potato harvest was 82 percent complete. Sugarbeets were 41 percent lifted, surpassing last year's pace by 2 days. Sugarbeet condition declined slightly to 87 percent good to excellent. Pasture condition declined slightly to 53 percent good to excellent.

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