The end of harvest is almost upon us. In this week’s USDA crop progress report, we find corn 94 percent harvested, and soybeans 97 percent harvested. Crop statistician Brad Schwab says the dry October made it easy on farmers. “They had near ideal harvest conditions this year,” he said. “The crop dried down early, so they didn’t have to invest a lot of money in propane to dry it when they got it out of the field. It stayed dry and allowed them to get a really good jump on the harvest and then also fall tillage activities, so they’re in pretty good shape now.”
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Some rain is expected here in November, which will replenish topsoil moisture. About one-third of the state is short in that department. Winter wheat is now 95 percent planted and 78 percent emerged.