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Moisture coming up short for some; Overall area crops continue to decline

Upper Midwest farmers often talk about developing soybeans' need for a "few good drinks of water," or some other colorful phrase to describe timely rains, in August.

Many area soybeans fields aren't getting the rainfall they need, according to the latest crop progress report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The report, released Aug. 20 and reflecting conditions on Aug. 19, shows that overall soybean and corn conditions continue to deteriorate. Though some parts of the region have benefitted from cooler temperatures and recent rain, a long dry, warm stretch has taken a growing toll on corn and beans.

But the generally dry, warm weather continues to bolster the harvest pace of wheat, barley and oats.

Soybeans

North Dakota — Fifty-six percent of the crop was in good or excellent condition on Aug. 19, with 29 percent fair and 17 percent poor or very poor. A week earlier, 62 percent was rated good or excellent, with 28 percent fair and 10 percent poor or very poor.

South Dakota — Sixty percent of the crop was in good or excellent shape on Aug. 19, with 27 percent fair and 13 percent poor or very poor. A week earlier, 66 percent was rated good or excellent, with 25 percent fair and 9 percent poor or very poor.

Minnesota — Sixty-seven percent of the crop was rated good or excellent on Aug. 19, with 24 percent fair and 9 percent poor or very poor. A week earlier, 73 percent was in good or excellent condition, with 20 percent fair and 7 percent poor or very poor.

Corn

South Dakota — Sixty-five percent of the crop was in good or excellent shape on Aug. 19, with 23 percent fair and 12 percent poor or very poor. A week earlier, 69 percent was rated good or excellent, with 24 percent fair and 7 percent poor or very poor.

Minnesota — Seventy-four percent of the crop was rated good or excellent on Aug. 19, with 19 percent fair and 7 percent poor or very poor. A week earlier, 77 percent was in good or excellent shape, 16 percent fair and 7 percent poor or very poor.

North Dakota — Seventy percent of the crop was in good or excellent condition on Aug. 19, with 22 percent fair and 8 percent or very poor. A week earlier, 79 percent was rated good or excellent, with 17 percent fair and 4 percent poor or very poor.

Spring wheat

Montana — Forty-five percent of the crop was harvested on Aug. 19, up from the five-year average of 42 percent.

Minnesota — Seventy-six percent was harvested on Aug. 19, up from the five-year average of 48 percent.

North Dakota — Fifty-nine percent was harvested on Aug. 19, up from the five-year average of 37 percent.

South Dakota — Nine-one percent was harvested on Aug. 19, up from the five-year average of 70 percent.

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