Fall harvest is winding down around the state. Ninety percent of the corn crop has been harvested,that is ahead of last year by 26 percent and 7 points ahead of the five-year average. Farmers have been active with fall field work including fall tillage, hauling grain, and applying fertilizer and herbicide.
Winter wheat fields are 90 percent emerged – 15 percent ahead of last year but equal to the five-year average. Forty-nine percent of the crop is rated good to excellent.
Fall precipitation has helped to restore topsoil moisture as 85 percent is now called adequate to surplus – but the subsoil still remains dry.