North Dakota corn 31 percent harvested, South Dakota corn 38 percent harvested


North Dakota

The cooler temperatures this week allowed the sugarbeet harvest to make significant progress.

Sixty-two percent of the sugarbeet crop was harvested. Eighty-three percent of the corn crop had reached the mature stage, and 31 percent had been harvested for grain. Corn for silage was 91 percent chopped.

As of October 16, 95 percent of potatoes were dug. Eighty-six percent of soybeans were harvested. Ninety-nine percent of sunflowers had bracts turned brown, and 12 percent had been harvested.

Other activities during the week included vaccinating and weaning cattle and winter wheat planting.

South Dakota

Harvest of row crops is well under way with progress for most crops well beyond the 5-year average.

Eighty-eight percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, ahead of last year at 82 percent and ahead of the 5-year average of 64 percent. Thirty-eight percent of corn has been harvested, ahead of the 5-year average of 22 percent.

Thirty-five percent of sunflowers are now harvested, ahead of the 5-year average of 17 percent. Sorghum harvest is now at 63 percent complete, also ahead of the 5-year average of 47 percent.

Progress of winter wheat seeding is now equal with last year and the 5-year average of 94 percent. Much needed moisture has helped emergence of winter wheat. Seventy-two percent of winter wheat has emerged, just 3 percentage points behind last year and now even with the 5-year average.