Rain slowing harvest in some areas of North Dakota as South Dakotans see stress from lack of moisture


North Dakota

Though harvest was slowed by rain in some areas, small grain growers made progress toward completion.

As of September 4, barley was 77 percent harvested. Durum wheat was 91 percent turning and 32 percent harvested. Spring wheat was 65 percent harvested. Oats were 100 percent turning and 64 percent harvested. Canola was 87 percent swathed and 49 percent harvested.

Ninety percent of the corn crop had reached the dough stage, behind 99 percent at this point last year but ahead of 83 percent for the five-year average. Corn for silage was 5 percent chopped.

Dry edible beans were 90 percent fully podded, 56 percent had lower leaves yellowing, and 23 percent were dropping leaves. Dry edible peas were 79 percent harvested. Flaxseed was 88 percent turning and 19 percent harvested. As of September 4, twenty-two percent of potatoes had vines killed, and 1 percent were dug.

Soybeans were 88 percent fully podded and 16 percent had lower leaves yellowing. Thirty-six percent of sunflowers had ray flowers dropped, and 4 percent had bracts turned yellow.

Other activities during the week included spraying pesticides and cutting hay.


South Dakota

Row crop development is progressing on track with some continued signs of stress from lack of moisture.

Soybeans dropping leaves are at 24 percent, slightly behind the previous year of 28 percent. Ninety-two percent of the corn is at or beyond the dough stage, with 56 percent in the dent stage, not far behind the 5-year average of 63 percent.

Harvesting of corn silage is now 20 percent complete, behind last year at 34 percent and the 5-year average of 25 percent.

Sunflowers in the ray flowers dry stage are estimated at 51 percent. Sorghum is 79 percent coloring, ahead of the 5-year average of 72 percent. Third cuttings of alfalfa are 74 percent complete, ahead of the previous year of 69 percent.

Producers have just begun seeding of winter wheat with 6 percent complete, 5 percentage points behind last year and 4 percentage points behind the 5-year average.


Source: USDA NASS ND & SD Field Offices