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Mikkel Pates/Agweek

Harvest shifts focus

Goodbye, wheat. Hello, corn, soybeans and sugar beets.

The Upper Midwest small grains harvest is on the stretch run, with row crop harvest just getting underway, according to the new weekly crop report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The report, released the afternoon of Sept. 11, reflected conditions as of Sept. 10.

Spring wheat harvest was nearly wrapped up across the region — in line with, or ahead of, its five-year average.

In North Dakota, spring wheat was 94 percent harvested, compared with the five-year average of 84 percent.

The South Dakota spring wheat crop was 99 percent harvested, compared with the five-year average of 97 percent

In Montana, 97 percent of spring wheat harvested, compared with the five-year average of 85 percent.

The Minnesota spring wheat crop was 97 percent harvested, compared with the five-year average of 91 percent.

The region's oats and barley harvests also were nearing completion, according to the report.

Sugar beet harvest has begun in both North Dakota and Minnesota.

In Minnesota, 6 percent of beets were harvested. The five-year average is 7 percent.

In North Dakota, 7 percent of beets were harvested. The five-year average is 8 percent.

Corn and soybean maturity is moving along, though farmers are in no hurry to begin harvesting either crop. Widespread killing frost, which would accelerate the start of harvest, also would hamper the crops' stretch-run development and cut into yields.

Soybeans

South Dakota — Twenty-six percent were dropping leaves, well behind the five-year average of 44 percent. Fifty percent were in good or excellent condition, 33 percent in fair shape and 17 percent poor or very poor.

Minnesota — Thirteen percent were dropping leaves, compared with the five-year average of 25 percent. Seventy-two percent were rated good or excellent, 21 percent fair and 8 percent poor or very poor.

North Dakota — Forty-six percent were dropping leaves, compared with the five-year average of 51 percent. Forty-seven percent were rated good or excellent, 35 percent fair and 18 percent poor or very poor.

Corn

Minnesota — Two percent was mature, down from the five-year average of 17 percent. Eighty-two percent was rated good or excellent, 15 percent fair and 3 percent poor or very poor.

North Dakota — One percent was harvested, the same as the five-year average. Four percent was mature, down from the five-year average of 18 percent. Forty-nine percent was in good or excellent condition, 31 percent fair and 20 percent poor or very poor.

South Dakota — Four percent was mature, compared with the five-year average of 21 percent. Forty-three percent was rated good or excellent, 31 percent fair and 26 percent poor or very poor.

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