Weather Slows South Dakota Harvest of Corn, Sunflowers

November 4, 2015 10:00 PM

Weather has slowed South Dakota's corn and sunflower harvests, though both remain on an average pace.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that farmers have been hampered by rain, snow, cool temperatures and strong winds.

Sixty-nine percent of the sunflowers are harvested, compared with the average of 65 percent. The corn harvest is 79 percent complete, near the 77 percent average.

South Dakota's winter wheat crop is rated 65 percent in good to excellent condition. Nearly all of the crop has emerged. Winter wheat is seeded and emerges in the fall, goes dormant over winter, begins growing again in the spring and is harvested in the summer.

Pasture and range conditions statewide are 50 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 71 percent adequate to surplus.

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