Despite snow, harvest progresses

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Despite heavy snow in parts of the region, Upper Midwest farmers made substantial harvest progress in the week ending Nov. 5, according to a federal government report.

The weekly crop progress report released Nov. 6 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found that the corn harvest has passed the halfway point, with the sunflower harvest roughly three-quarters finished.

Now, the corn harvest lags its five-year average, though the sunflower harvest pace is close to its five-year average. Farmers and others will be looking closely at the Nov. 13 crop progress report to see the progress on both crops during the week of Nov. 6.

The soybean and sugar beets harvests, for their part, are virtually wrapped up, as is winter wheat planting.

Here's a crop-by-crop look:

Corn

North Dakota — Fifty-nine percent of corn was harvested on Nov. 5, up from 37 percent a week earlier but down from the Nov. 5 five-year average of 73 percent.

South Dakota — Sixty-one percent of corn was harvested on Nov. 5, up from 35 percent a week earlier but down from the Nov. 5 five-year average of 80 percent.

Minnesota — Sixty percent of corn was harvested on Nov. 5, up from 38 percent a week earlier. The Nov. 5 five-year average is 87 percent.

Sunflowers

South Dakota — Sixty-nine percent of sunflowers were harvested on Nov. 5, up from 51 percent a week earlier. The Nov. 5 five-year average is 70 percent.

North Dakota — Seventy-two percent of sunflowers were harvested on Nov. 5, up from 57 percent a week earlier. The Nov. 5 five-year average is 66 percent.

Soybeans

Minnesota — Soybean harvest was 99 percent finished on Nov. 5, up from 95 percent a week earlier.

North Dakota — Ninety-eight percent of soybeans were harvested on Nov. 5, up from 96 percent a week earlier.

South Dakota — Ninety-nine percent of beans were harvested on Nov. 5, up from 96 percent a week earlier.

Sugar beets

North Dakota — One hundred percent of beets were harvested on Nov. 5, up from 98 percent a week earlier.

Minnesota — Ninety-nine percent of beets were harvested on Nov. 5, up from 98 percent a week earlier.

Winter wheat

Montana — Ninety-seven percent of winter wheat was planted on Nov. 5, up from 95 percent a week earlier.

South Dakota — One hundred percent of winter wheat was planted on Nov. 5, up from 98 percent a week earlier.