Crop Progress & Condition

Rain over most of the state resulted in 4.7 days
suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 8,
2023, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural
Statistics Service. The season’s first frost occurred for
some farmers. Fieldwork included harvesting crops,
tillage, and applications of manure and fertilizer.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 18 percent very
short, 42 percent short, 38 percent adequate, and
2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were
rated 20 percent very short, 54 percent short,
26 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.
The corn crop was 94 percent mature, 4 days ahead of
last year and 8 days ahead of the 5-year average. Corn
harvested for grain reached 31 percent and moisture
content at harvest averaged 20 percent. Corn condition
was rated 41 percent good to excellent.
Soybeans dropping leaves reached 97 percent, 3 days
ahead of last year and 4 days ahead of the 5-year
average. Soybeans were 57 percent harvested.
Dry edible beans harvest reached 90 percent. The
potato crop was 84 percent harvested. Sugarbeet
harvest was at 23 percent and condition was 92 percent
good to excellent. Sunflower harvest reached
17 percent and condition was 52 percent good to