Dry weather and above average temperatures advanced
crop maturity and harvest progress during the week
ending September 27, 2020, according to USDA’s
National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.9
days suitable for fieldwork. Field activities included
harvesting corn for grain, soybeans, corn for silage,
potatoes, sugarbeets, sunflowers, and dry beans.
Topsoil moisture condition rated to 3% very short,
12% short, 79% adequate and 6% surplus. Subsoil
moisture condition rated 3% very short, 10% short, 80%
adequate and 7% surplus.
Corn for grain had reached maturity on 85% of the acres,
22 days ahead of last year and 13 days ahead of the 5-
year average. The corn for grain harvest started and was
6% complete. This is 17 days ahead of last year and 5
days ahead of average. Corn moisture content of grain at
harvest averaged 24%. Corn harvested for silage reached
91% complete, 24 days ahead of last year and 15 days
ahead of normal. Corn condition improved slightly to
78% good to excellent. Soybean acres were 90%
dropping leaves, 15 days ahead of last year and one week
above average. Soybeans were 31% harvested, 20 days
ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of average. Soybean
condition improved slightly to 77% good to excellent.
Sunflowers were 7% harvested, 26 days ahead of last
year and 1 day ahead of normal. Sunflower condition
remained at 76% good to excellent. The potato harvest
was 68% complete, 9 days ahead of last year and 2 days
ahead of normal. Eighteen percent of the sugarbeet
acres have been harvested with condition remaining at
93% good to excellent.
Dry beans dropping leaves was nearly complete at 97%.
The dry bean harvest was 71% compete, 26 days ahead
of last year but 2 days behind average. Pasture condition
increased slightly to 57% good to excellent.