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Sunflower harvest nearly complete


Sunflower harvest neared completion as winter like conditions returned to the state during the week ending Dec. 6, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota Field Office, Dec. 7.

As of Dec. 6, sunflowers were 94 percent harvested, statewide. Corn was 87 percent complete. Corn remains un-harvested in some locations due to high grain moisture levels. Wet field conditions were also an issue; however, the colder temperatures firmed up soils allowing producers access in some areas.

Most of Minnesota experienced a cold, snowy start to December. Afternoon highs in southern Minnesota ranged from the mid-40s to low 50s Nov. 30 as one of the warmest November's, statewide came to a close. By Dec. 2, however, daytime highs ranged from the teens north to 20s south. Snow fell across many northern counties Dec. 1 and 2. Snowfall totals for the two-day period ranged from 2.9 inches in Ely to 8.5 inches in International Falls. More snow fell across southwestern and southern Minnesota late Dec. 2 and 3. Snow amounts were generally confined to one-half to two inches throughout the region; however, heavier amounts ranging from 2 to 5 inches were recorded across Redwood, Brown, Cottonwood and Watonwan counties. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 95 percent adequate to surplus as winter sets in.

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