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Published October 25, 2011, 12:35 PM

SD farmers make progress on row crop harvest

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Another week of favorable weather has helped South Dakota farmers with their row crop harvest.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Another week of favorable weather has helped South Dakota farmers with their row crop harvest.

The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop and weather report that 97 percent of the soybeans are in the bin, along with 67 percent of the corn crop and 56 percent of sunflowers. All are well ahead of the average pace.

Eighty-six percent of South Dakota’s winter wheat crop has emerged, about average. The report says more rainfall would be helpful to the crop.

Many cattle pastures remain dry, though the report says recent rains have helped reduce the wildfire hazard in some areas. Range and pasture land is reported at 59 percent in good to excellent condition, slightly better than the average.

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