Row crop harvest is nearly complete for some crops and producers are working ground in preparation for next year’s crops.
Ninety-seven percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, ahead of last year at 94 percent and ahead of the 5-year average of 76 percent. Sixty-seven percent of corn has been harvested, well ahead of the 5-year average of 33 percent.
Fifty-six percent of sunflowers are now harvested, ahead of the 5-year average of 27 percent. Sorghum harvest is now at 85 percent complete, also ahead of the 5-year average of 55 percent.
Winter wheat seeding is now 95 percent complete, just 2 percentage points behind last year and the 5-year average of 97 percent. Eighty-six percent of winter wheat has emerged, even with last year’s progress and now 3 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.
The excellent weather conditions allowed the sugarbeet harvest to reach completion in most areas, and significant progress was made in harvesting corn. Ninety-eight percent of the sugarbeet crop was harvested.
Ninety-seven percent of the corn crop had reached the mature stage, and 71 percent had been harvested for grain. Corn for silage was 93 percent chopped. Ninety-three percent of soybeans were harvested.
Thirty-five percent of sunflowers had been harvested. Other activities during the week included fall tillage and fertilizer application.
Sources: USDA NASS SD & ND Field Offices