Farmers still working on corn harvest

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Sunday and Monday’s warm temperatures were blown away by winds gusting to 40 mph out of the north Monday night.

Sunday’s high of 50 degrees was the first 50-degree high in November. Monday’s high of 52 degrees was the warmest November temperature. But the strong north winds had temperatures sinking to 19 degrees Tuesday morning with the high forecast to only reach 28.

During the third week in November, highs average 35 and lows 19. By the end of the month, the high average falls to 30 degrees and the low average to 14.

Minnesota farmers took advantage of the 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork and harvested 11 percent of the state’s corn acreage during the week ending November 19, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. While some farmers were putting away equipment for the season, others were harvesting, baling corn stalks, spreading fertilizer, and working on fall tillage.

Corn for grain harvest, at 90 percent complete, remained 12 days behind the five-year average. Moisture content of corn being harvested for grain averaged 18 percent. Sunflower harvest was 97 percent complete....

 

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