Cold and wet wintry weather continued to make harvest slower than normal as farmers are trying to finish up corn and soybeans, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Average temperatures for the week ranged from 32 to 39 degrees, and from 12 degrees to 7 degrees below normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 10 degrees; the highest, 66 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 33.6 degrees, 8.4 degrees below normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.00 to 0.87 inches with a statewide average of 0.14 inches.
By region, corn harvested for grain was 85% in the North, 81% in Central, and 89% in the South. By region, soybeans harvested was 94% in the North, 94% in Central, and 89% in the South. By region, winter wheat emerged was 84% in North, 77% in Central, and 80% in the South. The variation in temperatures over the past couple weeks led to heaving on some of the newly emerged winter wheat plants. Most livestock have been moved to winter pastures.
According to today’s Crop Progress report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the corn harvest is 89 percent complete as of Nov. 16, which is actually one percentage point ahead of the five-year average. Soybean farmers have made more progress. Their harvest is 94 percent complete, which is 2 percentage points behind the five-year average.
Winter wheat planting is also right on schedule, with 95 percent of the crop planted. That, too, is just 2 percentage points off the five-year average.