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USDA report: Crops look mostly good, but less so in South Dakota

Generalizing about Upper Midwest crop conditions is risky. What's true in some areas, or even in most, is never true in all. But this much is certain:

Area crops continue to do well overall, though heavy rains in places, particularly South Dakota, have caused major damage. Unfavorable planting conditions already were hampering South Dakota crops, and the recent excess rains exacerbate those early difficulties.

North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana fields generally are making excellent progress, while a much higher percentage of South Dakota crops are struggling, according to the weekly crop progress released Monday, July 2, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The new report reflects conditions on July 1.

State differences are especially prominent in spring wheat.

In Minnesota, 86 percent of spring wheat was in good or excellent shape, with 14 percent fair.

In North Dakota, 80 percent of spring wheat was in good or excellent condition, with 17 percent fair and 3 percent poor or very poor.

Montana's spring wheat was rated 75 percent good or excellent, 17 percent fair and 1 percent poor or very poor.

In contrast, just 59 percent of South Dakota spring wheat was in good or excellent shape, with 35 percent fair and 14 percent poor or very poor.

Here's what the new report says about corn and soybean conditions in the Upper Midwest:

Corn:

North Dakota — Eight-two percent was rated good or excellent, 16 percent fair and 2 percent poor.

Minnesota — Eight-three percent was in good or excellent condition, 14 percent fair and 3 percent poor.

South Dakota — Sixty-five percent was in good or excellent condition, 28 percent fair and 7 percent poor or very poor.

Soybeans:

Minnesota — Seventy-seven percent was rated good or excellent, 20 percent fair and 3 percent poor.

South Dakota — Fifty-nine percent was in good or excellent condition, 32 percent fair and 9 percent poor or very poor.

North Dakota — Seventy-seven percent was rated good or excellent, 20 percent fair and 3 percent poor.

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