Harvest of all crops showed progress despite the additional precipitation. Durum wheat was 92 percent harvested. Spring wheat was 97 percent harvested. Canola was 95 percent harvested.
Ninety-three percent of the corn crop had reached the dented stage, behind 99 percent at this point last year but ahead of 91 percent for the five-year average. Corn for silage was 40 percent chopped. Ninety-eight percent of dry edible beans were dropping leaves, 57 percent had been cut, and 39 percent had been harvested. Flaxseed was 77 percent harvested.
As of September 25, 92 percent of potatoes had vines killed, and 27 percent were dug. Ninety-eight percent of soybeans had lower leaves yellowing, 86 percent had dropped leaves, and 5 percent were harvested.
Five percent of the sugarbeet crop was harvested. Ninety-eight percent of sunflowers had ray flowers dropped, 86 percent had bracts turned yellow, and 39 percent had bracts turned brown. Other activities during the week included winter wheat planting.
Row crop development for most crops is slowly reaching the mature stage and harvest of corn and soybeans is just beginning in some areas. Soybeans dropping leaves are at 82 percent, just behind the 5-year average of 85 percent.
Forty-eight percent of the corn is now at the mature stage, with 2 percent harvested, equal to the same time last year. Harvesting of corn silage is now 84 percent complete, slightly ahead of last year at 83 percent.
Sunflower in the bracts yellow stage are estimated at 86 percent, ahead of the 5-year average of 81 percent. Sorghum is 96 percent coloring, even with the 5-year average, but maturity is behind with 19 percent rated mature compared to the 5-year average of 48 percent. Third cuttings of alfalfa are winding down with 89 percent complete, ahead of the previous year of 85 percent.
Dry conditions continue to make seeding of winter wheat difficult with 54 percent now complete, 4 percentage points behind last year. Thirteen percent of winter wheat has emerged, 12 percentage points behind last year and 8 percentage points behind the 5-year average.