Minnesota: Snows Limit Field Work – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 23, 2014.

    Freezing temperatures and snow severely limited harvesting progress for Minnesota farmers during the week ending November 23, 2014, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers tried to finish harvest and fall tillage where conditions allowed, but with only 2.0 days suitable for fieldwork, progress was limited across much of the state. Farmers remained unsure when their remaining crops would be harvested.

    Other field activities for the week included spreading and injecting manure, but some producers experienced difficulties with injector equipment freezing up.

    Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 2 percent very short, 18 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 3 percent very short, 17 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

    Ninety-six percent of Minnesota’s corn acreage was harvested, up only 1 percentage point from last week. Ninety-seven percent of Minnesota’s sunflower acreage was harvested, up 2 points from last week.

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