Sporadic precipitation throughout the state this week has slowed harvest completion and has kept farmers extremely busy during breaks in the weather, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Average temperatures for the week ranged from 44 to 54 degrees, and from 4 degrees below to 3 degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 18 degrees; the highest, 85 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 46.5 degrees, 4.8 degrees below normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.03 to 1.17 inches, with a statewide average of 0.57 inches.
By region, corn harvested for grain was 53% in the North, 53% in Central, and 76% in South. The total statewide progress is at 58%, trailing the 5 year average of 70%. Nationally 71% of the corn crop has been harvested.
By region, soybeans harvested was 72% in North, 75% in Central, and 69% in South. The state total is 73%, 11 points behind the 5 year average. Across the country 85% of the crop is harvested.
By region, winter wheat planted was 81% in North, 80% in Central, and 85% in South for a statewide average of 82%.
The late harvest rush is quickly filling up the elevators, leading to delays for several farmers. Some elevators were unable to take corn or soybeans. Winter wheat planted is nearly complete as corn and soybeans are moved off the fields. There is some concern that the delayed harvest may prevent some farmers from getting wheat planted before winter arrives. Other activities for the week included hauling and storing grain, plowing, and cleaning and storing equipment for the upcoming winter.