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Erin Brown / Grand Vale Creative

Almost there: Harvest's finish coming closer

The 2017 Upper Midwest harvest isn't quite over, but the finish line is drawing near.

Roughly 10 to 15 percent of corn remains in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota fields, with less than 15 percent of sunflowers still unharvested, according to a new government report.

The weekly crop progress report, released Monday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, finds area farmers made substantial harvest progress on both corn and sunflowers in the week ending Nov. 19.

Corn and sunflowers are the last of the region's crops to be harvested. The harvest of other crops monitored are all wrapped up, or virtually so.

The new NASS report finds that the corn and sunflower harvest pace remains behind their respective five-year averages, though the gap has narrowed — a sign that farmers made good progress in the week ending Nov. 19.

NASS releases its last-of-the-season weekly crop progress reports on Nov. 27.

Here's a look at numbers in the Nov. 20 report:

Corn

North Dakota — Eighty-six percent of corn was harvested on Nov. 19, up from 76 percent a week earlier but down from the Nov. 19 five-year average of 91 percent.

South Dakota — Ninety-two percent of corn was harvested on Nov. 19, up from 82 percent a week earlier. The Nov. 19 five-year average was 96 percent.

Minnesota — Ninety percent of corn was harvested on Nov. 19, up from 79 percent a week earlier but down from the Nov. 19 five-year average of 97 percent.

Sunflowers

South Dakota — Eighty-nine percent of sunflowers were harvested on Nov. 19, up from 81 percent a week earlier. The Nov. 19 five-year average was 88 percent.

North Dakota — Eighty-seven percent of 'flowers were harvested on Nov. 19, up from 81 percent a week earlier. The Nov. 19 five-year average was 86 percent.

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