Row crop harvest for the 2011 crop year is nearly complete. Ninety-five percent of corn has been harvested, 10 percentage points ahead of last week and still well ahead of the 5-year average of 61 percent. Ninety-three percent of sunflowers are now harvested, ahead of the 5-year average of 60 percent. Sorghum harvest is also estimated at 93 percent complete, 5 percentage points behind last year, but 15 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Ninety-seven percent of winter wheat has emerged, 3 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Winter wheat condition is rated at 57 percent in the good to excellent range, 9 percentage points behind the 5-year average.
Corn for grain harvest was essentially complete by week’s end. Ninety-six percent of the corn crop had been harvested for grain. Eighty-five percent of sunflowers had been harvested. Other activities included fall tillage and fertilizer applications.
Sources: USDA NASS ND & SD Field Offices