Weekly Crop Report 16 Oct 12

Minnesota’s sugarbeet harvest is progressing quickly while the state’s corn harvest is nearly complete. The weekly crop progress report from the US Department of Agriculture says the sugarbeet harvest advanced 33 points over the past week to 74% complete as of Sunday, well ahead of the 43% at this point last year and the 5-year average of 62%. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s corn is 90% harvested, compared with 40% last year and a 27% average. Statewide, a total of 6 days were rated suitable for fieldwork last week, with light precipitation in some locations around the state, but soils across most of Minnesota need more rain to recharge. Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 50% very short, 36% short and 14% adequate.