Though harvest was slowed by rain in some areas over the weekend, small grain producers made good progress harvesting their crops last week. As of August 12, barley, Durum wheat, spring wheat, and oats reached 83 percent, 36 percent, 74 percent, and 79 percent harvested, respectively. Canola was 73 percent swathed, compared with 10 percent last year and the average of 29 percent. Fifteen percent of the corn crop was dented and beyond, up 9 percentage points from the previous week. Twenty-nine percent of dry edible beans had lower leaves yellowing and 7 percent were dropping leaves. Dry edible peas were 98 percent mature while harvest advanced 18 percentage points to 77 percent complete. Flaxseed was 84 percent turning, compared with 32 percent last year and 50 percent on average. Flaxseed harvest was up 8 percentage points to 21 percent complete. Lentils harvested advanced to 81 percent complete, up 6 percentage points from last week. Vines killed for potatoes reached 10 percent and digging began last week and is 3 percent complete. Sixty-four percent of the soybean crop was fully podded through last week, compared with 7 percent last year and 23 percent on average. Sunflower blooming is at 96 percent while ray flowers dropped advanced 9 percentage points to 11 percent complete.
Small grain harvested made the final push this past week with barley harvested at 95 percent. Seventy-seven percent of corn has reached the dough stage, compared to 22 percent last year at this time and 27 percent for the five year average. Corn in the dent stage was at 22 percent well ahead of the five year average of 4 percent. Soybeans had 97 percent blooming with 85 percent setting pods and 3 percent dropping leaves. Sorghum had 91 percent of the crop headed and 35 percent turning color. Sunflowers saw a jump in development last week with 98 percent blooming compared to only 44 percent the previous week. Also, sunflowers in the ray flowers dry stage are at 4 percent.
Sources: USDA NASS ND & SD Field Offices