Despite a winter storm and cold temperatures, Minnesota farmers used the 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork to advance corn and sunflower harvest during the week ending November 16, 2014, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The sudden change in temperatures caused respiratory sickness in some cattle.
Ninety-five percent of Minnesota’s corn acreage was harvested, 11 days ahead of normal. Ninety-five percent of Minnesota’s sunflower acreage was harvested, 9 days ahead of normal.
Beginning November 1, 2014, the weather summary previously published will no longer be available. National Weather Service data, courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources State Climatology Office, is available at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/historical/summary_nass.html
Growing Degree Days can be found at https://mygeohub.org/groups/u2u/gdd
National Weather Service’s Minnesota Data can be found at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/states.php?state=MN
Details on the November 10, 2014, Winter Storm: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/natural_resources/climate/journal/2014_Nov10_StormSummary.pdf