The warm temperatures provided good harvest conditions for most crops, but slowed progress on the sugarbeet harvest. Seventy-seven percent of the corn crop had reached the mature stage and 10 percent had been harvested for grain. Corn for silage was 85 percent chopped.
Ninety-seven percent of dry edible beans had been cut and 95 percent had been harvested. Flaxseed was 95 percent harvested. As of October 9, 82 percent of potatoes were dug. Seventy-nine percent of soybeans were harvested.
Eighteen percent of the sugarbeet crop was harvested. Ninety-one percent of sunflowers had bracts turned brown and 5 percent had been harvested. Other activities during the week included winter wheat planting.
Harvest of corn and soybeans was a common sight in many areas this last week, with soybeans nearing completion. Soybeans harvested at 73 percent, compared to 60 percent last year and 47 percent on average.
Seeding of winter wheat needs some moisture with 80 percent complete, making seeding 5 percentage points behind last year. Only 46 percent of winter wheat has emerged, 13 percentage points behind last year and 11 percentage points behind the 5-year average.Ninety-six percent of the corn is now rated mature, with 18 percent harvested, ahead of the 5- year average of 14 percent harvested. Sunflower in the mature stage is estimated at 86 percent, ahead of the 5-year average of 66 percent. Sorghum is 40 percent harvested, behind last year at 47 percent harvested.
Source: USDA NASS ND & SD Field Offices