Corn, Bean Harvest Begins to Wrap Up; First Snow Falls

Minnesota had 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 16, 2022, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The state saw its first measurable snowfall of the season. In Minneapolis the snow arrived about three weeks earlier than average. 

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 12 percent very short, 36 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 11 percent very short, 34 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. 

Corn mature or beyond was at 96 percent. Corn harvested for grain was at 36 percent, six days behind last year but four days ahead of the 5-year average. Corn moisture content of grain at harvest averaged 19 percent. Corn condition was 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 14 percent excellent. Corn for silage was 98 percent harvested. 

Soybeans harvested was at 83 percent, six days behind last year but nine days ahead of the 5-year average. 

Dry edible beans were 98 percent harvested.  Potato harvest was 98 percent complete. Sugarbeet harvest was 82 percent complete, ten days ahead of the 5-year average. Sunflowers were 25 percent harvested. Sunflower condition was 0 percent very poor, 0 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 72 percent good, and 12 percent excellent. 

Pasture condition was rated 6 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 9 percent excellent.