Warm and dry conditions early in the week helped accelerate row crop harvest, which remained ahead of average with 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending November 6, 2022, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork included harvesting row crops, completing fall tillage, anhydrous application, baling stalks, seeding cover crops, and applying manure.
Topsoil moisture condition rated 17% very short, 37% short, 44% adequate and 2% surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 25% very short, 39% short, 36% adequate and 0% surplus.
Harvest of the corn for grain crop reached 89% complete, 6 days ahead of last year and 11 days ahead of the average. Moisture content of field corn being harvested for grain remained 17%.
Soybean harvest was virtually complete at 97%, 8 days ahead of last year and 9 days ahead of the average.
Forest City Farmers Coop Director Randy Broesder says that locally, the bean crop is done. The corn crop is almost complete.
Livestock were mostly doing well, with some reports of calves being treated for pneumonia.
The weather for the upcoming days ahead will be up and down according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Craig Cogil.
For farmers still in the fields, the weather will make it much tougher to work from a temperature standpoint.