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Erin Brown / Grand Vale Creative

A tale of two harvests

"Home stretch" refers to the last stage of a campaign or activity. The Upper Midwest soybean harvest is nearing that stage, while the region's corn harvest has a long way to go, a new report says.

The new weekly crop progress report issued Oct. 23 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, finds continued progress for the soybean harvest. The report, which reflects conditions on Oct. 22, finds that the corn harvest is still far behind its five-year average.

Here's a state-by-state look at the harvest pace for corn, soybeans, sugar beets and sunflowers, as well as the planting pace for winter wheat:

Soybeans

North Dakota — Eighty-nine percent of soybeans harvested, compared with the five-year average of 87 percent.

South Dakota — Eighty-one percent of beans harvested, compared with the five-year average of 90 percent.

Minnesota — Eighty-three percent of beans harvested, compared with the five-year average of 93 percent.

Corn

South Dakota — Nineteen percent of corn harvested, compared with the five-year average of 51 percent.

Minnesota — Fourteen percent of corn harvested, compared with the five-year average of 55 percent.

North Dakota — Seventeen percent of corn harvested, compared with the five-year average of 43 percent.

Sugar beets

Minnesota — Eighty-five percent of beets harvested, compared with the five-year average of 89 percent.

North Dakota — Ninety-five percent of beets harvested, compared with the five-year average of 92 percent.

Sunflowers

North Dakota — Thirty-two percent of sunflowers harvested, compared with the five-year average of 37 percent.

South Dakota — Thirty-two percent of sunflowers harvested, compared with the five-year average of 43 percent.

Winter wheat

Montana — Ninety-two percent of winter wheat planted, compared with the five-year average of 91 percent.

South Dakota — Ninety-six percent of wheat wheat planted, compared with the five-year average of 94 percent.

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