Rain that fell throughout Minnesota helped in some areas to loosen soil for fall tillage, but, more rainfall is still needed, according to the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service in its weekly crop report.
The rain slowed the corn harvest, but a few days of dry weather will allow producers to complete the job, the ag service said.
Ninety-three percent of the corn has been harvested, compared with 87 percent a year ago and 78 percent for the five-year average at this time. Average moisture content of corn being harvested at week's end was 15 percent, compared with 16 percent last year and 19 percent for the five-year average. The sunflower harvest is 82 percent complete, versus 66 percent a year ago and 76 percent for the five-year average.
Topsoil moisture conditions across the state as of October 27 were rated 22 percent very short, 37 percent short, 38 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Improved topsoil conditions are reflected in a 10 point decrease in percent rated short to very short compared with the previous week.
Subsoil moisture conditions are rated 33 percent very short, 38 percent short, 27 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Additional moisture is needed to recharge the subsoil for next year's crops.
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