Harvest continued for select crops as small amounts of
precipitation and warmer than normal temperatures led to
4.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending
November 24, 2019, according to USDA’s National
Agricultural Statistics Service. Field activities for the week
consisted of harvesting corn and sunflowers, with some
soybeans still standing and being taken out slowly. Other
field activities included baling corn stalks, and minimal
amounts of fall tillage. The crops coming out of fields were
often reported as wetter than usual for this time of year,
with many producers looking to dry their crop, leading to a
slower harvesting pace.
Topsoil moisture condition was rated 0 percent very short,
1 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 33 percent
surplus. Subsoil moisture condition was rated 0 percent
very short, 1 percent short, 64 percent adequate and
35 percent surplus.
Corn harvested for grain reached 86 percent, 15 days
behind the five-year average. Corn moisture content of
grain at harvest averaged 21 percent, unchanged from the
previous week. Ninety-eight percent of the soybean crop
has been harvested, almost 3 weeks behind normal.
Sunflowers harvested reached 79 percent this week, over
3 weeks behind average.