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Warm Weather Speeds the Harvest


Published: Friday, November 20, 2020

The following is from the Michigan Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Nov. 15.

The majority of the state experienced unseasonably warm temperatures accompanied by multiple precipitation events. There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork.

Significantly warmer temperatures allowed for continued incremental progress in harvest and fieldwork efforts between showers.

Corn and soybean harvest progression continued on as weather allowed.

Corn harvested for grain was at 85 percent with a reported moisture content of 18 percent.

Soybean harvest was at 96 percent with a reported moisture content of 13 percent.

Winter wheat approached full emergence at 96 percent and a reported 64 percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent condition.

Other activities included crop-marketing, harvest trucking efforts and equipment maintenance.

Topsoil moisture was rated very short, 2 percent; short, 8 percent; adequate, 74 percent; surplus, 16 percent.

Subsoil moisture was rated very short, 3 percent; short, 15 percent; adequate, 67 percent; surplus, 15 percent.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2019 and 5-year average) showed: corn harvested for grain, 85, 77, 37, 69; soybeans harvested, 96, 92, 75, 87; winter wheat planted, 100, 98, 89, 95; winter wheat emerged, 96, 94, 79, 86; dry edible beans harvested, 100, 99, 94, NA; sugarbeets harvested, 99, 95, 91, 91.

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