South Dakota Corn, Sunflower Harvests Still Lagging

South Dakota Corn, Sunflower Harvests Still Lagging

South Dakota farmers working to finish up the late-season harvest have been helped by dry conditions over the past week.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 48 percent of the sunflowers, 61 percent of the corn and 80 percent of the sorghum is now in the bin. The sorghum harvest is equal to the average pace, but the sunflower and corn harvests both lag behind.

About 85 percent of South Dakota's winter wheat crop has emerged, ahead of the average pace. About 71 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent.

Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 60 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are rated 78 percent adequate to surplus.

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