As of Sunday, 92 percent of Durum was harvested. Canola was 91 percent harvested, up 20 percentage points from last week and ahead of the five-year (2007-2011) average of 49 percent. Eighty percent of corn was dented or beyond, compared with 29 percent last year and 37 percent on average. Eighty-three percent of the dry edible bean crop was dropping leaves, 42 percent was cut, and 26 percent was harvested, all well ahead of average. Flaxseed was 58 percent harvested, compared with 16 percent last year and the average of 26 percent. Forty-seven percent of potatoes had vines killed while 6 percent were dug. With a 39 percentage point increase from last week, 81 percent of soybeans had lower leaves yellowing. Forty-three percent of the soybean crop was dropping leaves, up from 10 percent last week. Sunflowers with bracts turned yellow reached 50 percent on Sunday while 16 percent had bracts turned brown.
For nearly all row crops, progress advanced at a rapid rate the past week due to little relief from the hot weather. Soybeans dropping leaves was at 54 percent compared to 26 percent the previous week. Five percent of soybeans were rated mature. Ninety-four percent of the corn crop was in the dough stage with 80 percent dented, compared to only 66 percent dented the previous week. Corn in the mature stage was at 17 percent, ahead of the five year average of 3 percent. Seventyfive percent of the corn silage has been cut, well ahead of the previous year and five year averages of 16 and 13 percent, respectively. Sorghum, with 79 percent turning color, had 12 percent mature compared to only 4 percent mature the previous week. Sixty-five percent of the sorghum silage has been cut, well ahead of the five year average of 10 percent. Sunflowers were 68 percent in the ray flowers dry stage and 43 percent at the bracts yellow stage, both stages well ahead of the five year averages of 52 percent for ray flowers dry and 23 percent for bracts yellow.
Sources: USDA NASS ND & SD Field Offices