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Minnesota Farmers Continue Battle with Wet Fields
Minnesota Ag Connection - 11/06/2018

Wet fields continued to impact harvest progress during the week ending Sunday, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Field activities for the week included harvesting corn, soybeans, potatoes, sunflowers and sugarbeets. Reports of fertilizer application and fall tillage were also received.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 68 percent adequate and 30 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 67 percent adequate and 26 percent surplus.

Corn harvested for grain was 78 percent complete, 8 days ahead of last year. Corn moisture content of grain at harvest averaged 18 percent, down 1 percentage point from last week. Ninety-four percent of the soybean crop was harvested, one week behind last year and nine days behind average.

Sunflower harvest was 73 percent complete, 6 days behind average. Potato harvest was nearing completion at 97 percent complete. Sugarbeet harvest was 99 percent complete.

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