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Most S.D. Producers Finish Up 2017 Harvest
South Dakota Ag Connection - 11/14/2017

For the week ending Sunday, many producers completed fall harvest following a mostly dry week, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures were below average for most locations. However, minimal precipitation allowed continued progress in corn, sunflower and sorghum harvests, in addition to completing fall fertilizer applications. There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 17 percent very short, 23 short, 58 adequate, and 2 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 23 percent very short, 27 short, 49 adequate, and 1 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 82 percent, behind 90 for both last year and the five-year average.

Winter wheat condition rated 32 percent very poor, 22 poor, 32 fair, 13 good, and 1 excellent.

Sorghum harvested was 83 percent, behind 98 last year and 92 average.

Sunflowers harvested was 81 percent, behind 92 last year, and equal to average.

Pasture and range conditions rated 28 percent very poor, 25 poor, 26 fair, 20 good, and 1 excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 23 percent very short, 27 short, 48 adequate, and 2 surplus.

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