Following are details from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) state crop and weather reports:
North Dakota: For the week ending August 18 , 2013 , very little to no precipitation was received in most areas of the state, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. However, heavy morning dews caused by cool temperatures slowed small grain harvest in some areas. Average temperatures were slightly above normal in the northwest part of the state while the remainder of the state averaged 2 to 4 degrees below normal. Statewide, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 9 percent very short, 38 short, 48 adequate, and 5 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 5 percent very short, 34 short, 55 adequate , and 6 surplus. Spring wheat turning color was 87 percent, behind last year at 100 but near 89 average. Ripe was 43 percent. Harvested was 9 percent, well behind last year’s 82 and 35 average. Condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 23 fair, 61 good, and 11 excellent.
Montana: During the week ending August 11 much of Montana saw a continued pattern of summery days with isolated thunderstorms. Sidney received the highest amount of precipitation for the week with 2.06 inches of moisture. Most other stations reported receiving none to 1.51 inches of precipitation. High temperatures ranged from the lower 80s to lower 90s, with the state-wide high temperature of 94 degrees recorded at Livingston, Superior, and Thompson Falls. A majority of stations reported lows in the lower 30s to the lower 50s with the coldest being Wisdom at 30 degrees.
Minnesota: Cooler and drier than normal weather continued in Minnesota during the week ending August 18, 2013 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Consecutive sunny days led to 6.7 days suitable for field work, the most of any week this season. Statewide average temperatures were 4 degrees below normal at 64.3 degrees. An average of only 0.10 inch of rain fell statewide, with some regions reporting no rain at all. However, the North Central district received an average of 0.54 inches of rain. Topsoil and subsoil moisture levels fell to 52 and 61 percent adequate to surplus, respectively. Ninety-two percent of the spring wheat crop was turning ripe, 2 percentage points ahead of normal. Spring wheat harvest has reached 23 percent complete, well behind the normal 50 percent. Spring wheat conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 51 percent good and 13 percent excellent
South Dakota: For the week ending August 18, 2013, below normal temperatures continued across most of the state, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall occurred in the south western part of South Dakota . Statewide, there were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 9 percent very short, 23 short, 64 adequate, and 4 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 13 percent very short, 26 short, 57 adequate, and 4 surplus. Spring wheat ripe was 93 percent, behind 100 last year and 98 average. Harvested were 54 percent, well behind 100 last year and 80 average. Condition rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 47 fair, 37 good, and 8 excellent.