Harvest continued for select crops as small amounts of precipitation and warmer than normal temperatures led to 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending November 24, 2019, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Field activities for the week consisted of harvesting corn and sunflowers, with some soybeans still standing and being taken out slowly.
Other field activities included baling corn stalks, and minimal amounts of fall tillage.
The crops coming out of fields were often reported as wetter than usual for this time of year, with many producers looking to dry their crop, leading to a slower harvesting pace.
Topsoil moisture condition was rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 33 percent surplus.
Subsoil moisture condition was rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 64 percent adequate and 35 percent surplus.
Corn harvested for grain reached 86 percent, 15 days behind the five-year average. Corn moisture content of grain at harvest averaged 21 percent, unchanged from the previous week.
Ninety-eight percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, almost 3 weeks behind normal.
Sunflowers harvested reached 79 percent this week, over 3 weeks behind average.