Last week, farmers were able to harvest one quarter of the corn for grain acreage, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

 

Last week, farmers were able to harvest one quarter of the corn for grain acreage, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. They took advantage of the 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork, almost finishing harvest of potatoes, soybeans and sugarbeets. Other field activities for the week included ditch and fence maintenance, fertilizer and manure application, and fall tillage.

Corn for grain harvest was at 38 percent complete, 15 days behind the 5-year average and 12 days behind 2016. Corn moisture content of grain at harvest averaged 20 percent, and corn condition rated 82 percent good to excellent. Ninety-five percent of the soybean acreage has also been harvested.

Advancing 28 percentage points from the previous week, 79 percent of the sunflower acreage was harvested, potato harvest was 97 percent complete, and sugarbeets were 98 percent lifted, surpassing the average pace. Pasture condition rated 47 percent good to excellent.

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