Minnesota Farmers Make Progress with Harvest
Minnesota had 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 9, 2022, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fall harvest is well underway and the weather thus far has been mostly cooperative.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 10 percent very short, 34 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 10 percent very short, 31 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.
Corn mature or beyond was at 92 percent. Corn harvested for grain was at 14 percent, two days behind the 5-year average. Corn condition was 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Corn for silage was 94 percent harvested.
Soybeans dropping leaves or beyond was at 96 percent. Soybeans harvested was at 63 percent, five days behind last year but just over a week ahead of the 5-year average. Soybean condition was 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 12 percent excellent.
Dry edible beans were 98 percent dropping leaves and 83 percent harvested. Sunflowers were 11 percent harvested.
Sunflower condition was 0 percent very poor, 0 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 70 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.
Potato harvest was 93 percent complete. Sugarbeet harvest was 32 percent complete. Sugarbeet condition was 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 22 percent good, and 56 percent excellent.
Pasture condition was rated 6 percent very poor, 14 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.