Sunflower harvest was essentially completed by week’s end as 96 percent of the sunflower crop had been harvested. Other activities included fall tillage and fertilizer applications.
All but a few remote areas of the state are finished with row crop harvest for the 2011 crop year and preparation for next year’s crop is underway. Ninety-nine percent of corn has been harvested, 4 percentage points ahead of last week and still well ahead of the 5-year average of 72 percent. Ninety-five percent of sunflowers are now harvested, ahead of the 5-year average of 73 percent. Sorghum harvest is estimated at 96 percent complete, 4 percentage points behind last year, but 9 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Winter wheat condition is rated at 52 percent in the good to excellent range, 5 percentage points behind last week and 16 percentage points behind the 5-year average.
Sources: USDA NASS ND & SD Field Offices