ST. PAUL (AP) -- Periods of light rain and snow, plus persistent unseasonably cold temperatures that allowed snow cover to linger several days, have kept crop moisture high and fields muddy, the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.
The service said in its weekly crop weather report that in counties near the western and southern edges of the state, soils were firm enough for the harvest to make progress on a few dry days last week.
Some areas have completed the soybean harvest.
By contrast, it said, large portions of central and east-central Minnesota saw little or no field activity as soils remained extremely soggy.
Some farmers are adding tracks to their combines. Many farmers expect to have to wait until the ground freezes to get into the fields again.
Statewide temperatures for the week averaged 10.8 degrees below normal.
Statewide topsoil moisture conditions as of October 25th were rated 2 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 22 percent surplus. There were an average of four days suitable for field work.
An estimated 87 percent of soybean acreage had been harvested as of Sunday, compared with 96 percent for the same date a year ago and a five-year average for this date of 97 percent.
The corn for grain harvest is only 52 percent complete, compared with 60 percent last year and 79 percent for the five-year average.
Moisture content of corn being harvested last week averaged 21 percent versus 18 percent for the five-year average.
Soybean moisture averaged 14 percent compared with the five-year average of 11 percent. Damp conditions have caused soybeans to pick up moisture during recent weeks.
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