South Dakota corn, soybean harvest underway

Most of South Dakota’s crops are doing well with adequate soil moisture reported in just over half of the state.

USDA reporters say 36% of the corn is in good condition and 9% is excellent, with 37% in poor condition.  Ninety-five percent of the state’s corn is dented with 60% of the corn mature.  Nine percent of the corn has been harvested, which is 3% more than average.

The soybean crop is rated 7% excellent, 37% good, 38% fair, and 12% poor.  South Dakota farmers say 80% of the beans are dropping leaves, with 11% of the crop harvested, which is equal to the average.

Fifty-one percent of the sorghum crop is good or excellent, with coloring at 94% and 63% of the crop mature.  Four percent of the sorghum has been harvested.

Ninety percent of the sunflowers have dried, with 71% of the bracts turning yellow and 20% turning brown.  50% of the crop is rated good with 43% fair and 2% excellent.

South Dakota pasture and range conditions are 10% excellent, 41% good, 35% fair, and 10% poor.

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