After wet, heavy snow last week brought harvest to a temporary halt in west central Minnesota, farm equipment is starting to move again.
Warmer temperatures and sunshine helped melt snow but left some fields too muddy for combining or tilling.
Dave Forsman, who farms his own land near Murdock and also does custom field work, was combining corn Thursday afternoon for another farmer along state Highway 9 in Swift County.
Forsman said he got back into the fields Wednesday night. Aside from some low spots, he said the fields weren’t too bad.
“This is my favorite time of the year,” said Forsman, who took a quick break after unloading a hopper full of corn into a semi that was parked in the driveway.
The harvest season had been going like gangbusters earlier this month, and was weeks ahead of schedule — before the snow and single-digit weather hit.
According to the latest USDA crop report that was issued Monday afternoon, there were just 2.6 days last week suitable for fieldwork in the state, which was the “fewest days for any week since the two days during the week ending April 19 of this year."
Despite the pause, corn harvest was about 72 percent complete, which is still about three weeks ahead of last year and 10 days ahead of the five-year average.
Soybean and sugar beet harvest is wrapped up for the year.
The snow also brought some moisture to areas that had been dry.
According to the USDA report, topsoil moisture conditions are 3 percent very short, 9 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus.