Crop Progress & Condition

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Cooler temperatures and little precipitation in
Minnesota resulted in 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork
for the week ending September 17, 2023, according to
the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Fieldwork included row crop harvest, chopping corn
for silage, and nearly wrapping up small grains harvest.
Some producers reported pulling cattle off pastures.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 31 percent very
short, 44 percent short, 25 percent adequate, and
0 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were
rated 26 percent very short, 50 percent short,
24 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.
Corn in the dent stage reached 93 percent, about
1 week ahead of last year and the 5-year average. The
corn crop was 60 percent mature. Corn harvested for
grain reached 6 percent. Corn condition rating was
41 percent good to excellent. Corn for silage harvest
reached 79 percent.
Soybeans turning color were at 86 percent, 5 days
ahead of last year and 2 days ahead of the 5-year
average. Soybeans dropping leaves reached 59 percent
and harvest reached 6 percent. Soybean condition was
46 percent good to excellent.
Spring wheat harvest was virtually complete at
98 percent.
Dry edible beans reached 93 percent dropping leaves
with 40 percent of the crop harvested. Dry edible beans
condition remained 58 percent good to excellent. The
potato crop was 46 percent harvested with condition
of the crop rating 85 percent good to excellent.
Sugarbeet harvest was at 12 percent and the condition
was rated 93 percent good to excellent.