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Rains help, but drought persists

Though crops and pastures in parts of the Upper Midwest have rebounded after widespread mid-August rains, drought continues to plague much of the region, a new government report says.

The weekly crop progress report, reflecting conditions Aug. 27 and released Aug. 28 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, finds that big chunks of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana remain short of both topsoil and subsoil moisture. Minnesota, in contrast, continues to avoid the worst of the drought.

In North Dakota, 54 percent of the state is short or very short of subsoil moisture, with 52 percent short of very short of topsoil moisture.

Sixty percent of subsoil in South Dakota is short or very short of moisture, with 43 percent short or very short of topsoil moisture.

Eighty-nine percent of subsoil in Montana is short or very short of moisture, with a whopping 97 percent short or very short of topsoil moisture.

Fifteen percent of subsoil in Minnesota is short or very short of moisture, with 16 percent short or very short of topsoil moisture.

Here's what the weekly report says about wheat, corn and soybeans, the region's three major crops.

Spring wheat

North Dakota — Seventy-one percent harvested, compared with the five-year average of 61 percent.

South Dakota — Ninety-one percent harvested, compared with the five-year average of 85 percent.

Montana — Eighty-five percent harvested, compared with the five-year average of 61 percent.

Minnesota — Sixty-five percent harvested, compared with the five-year average of 75 percent.

Corn

South Dakota — Forty-six percent was rated good or excellent, 30 percent fair and 24 percent poor or very poor.

Minnesota — Eighty-two percent was in good or excellent shape, 15 percent fair and 3 percent poor or very poor.

North Dakota — Fifty percent was rated good or excellent, 32 percent fair and 18 percent poor or very poor.

Soybeans

Minnesota — Seventy-two percent was rated good or excellent, 22 percent fair and 6 percent poor or very poor.

North Dakota — Fifty-one percent was rated good or excellent, 33 percent fair and 16 percent poor or very poor.

South Dakota — Forty-nine percent was in good or excellent shape, 34 percent fair and 17 percent poor or very poor.

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