Minnesota farmers have nearly completed small grain harvest and have begun harvesting dry edible beans and corn for silage during the week ending September 10, 2017, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork, the second most of any week this year. Field activities included fall tillage, spreading manure, and seeding cover crops.
Topsoil moisture supplies rated 5 percent very short, 18 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 15 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus.
- Ninety-six percent of the corn crop was at or beyond the dough stage. Seventy-one percent of the corn crop reached the dent stage, 9 days behind last year and 5 days behind the 5-year average. There were scattered reports of corn reaching maturity in southern Minnesota. Corn for silage harvest has begun and is 10 percent complete, 8 days behind last year. Corn condition improved slightly to 82 percent good to excellent.
- Forty-seven percent of the soybean crop was turning color with 13 percent dropping leaves. Soybean condition declined slightly to 72 percent good to excellent.
- Both the spring wheat and oat harvests were 97 percent complete.
- Ninety percent of the dry edible bean crop was dropping leaves. Dry edible bean harvest was 19 percent complete, 3 days behind average. Dry edible bean condition rating dropped
to 67 percent good to excellent.
- Sunflower condition was 86 percent good to excellent.
- Potato harvest was 39 percent complete. Potato crop condition remained at 92 percent good to excellent.
- Sugar beets were 6 percent lifted. Sugarbeet condition increased slightly to 89 percent good to excellent.
- The third cutting of alfalfa hay was 85 percent complete. Pasture condition stayed at 58 percent good to excellent.