Reporters rated 1.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, December 2, 2011. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 16 percent adequate, and 84 percent surplus.
Farmers were able to harvest some corn. However, continued wet weather prevented siginificant progress. Much of it will be harvested after the ground begins to freeze. As of Sunday December 4th, corn harvested for grain was 80 percent complete, compared to 100 percent last year and 97 percent for the five-year average.
Livestock were 88 percent in fair-to-good condition, up two percent from last week. Sixty-five percent of range and pasture were in fair-to-good condition, down eleven percent from last week. Eighty-three percent of winter wheat was in fair-to-good condition, up two percent from last week.