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Small grain harvest nearing home stretch

As of Aug. 26, the Upper Midwest small grains harvest hadn't quite reached the home stretch. But the finish line is coming closer and harvest generally remains ahead of schedule, according to a new government report.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service's weekly crop progress report, released Aug. 27 and reflecting crop conditions, finds that the harvest of spring wheat and other small grains continues to progress.

The report also finds that the region's corn and soybeans continue to decline because of too much heat and too little rain.

Spring wheat

Minnesota — Ninety-four percent was harvested on Aug. 26, compared with the five-year average of 67 percent.

Montana — Sixty-one percent of the crop was harvested on Aug. 26, the same as the five-year average.

North Dakota — Seventy-seven percent was harvested on Aug. 26, compared with the five-year average of 53 percent.

South Dakota — Ninety-seven percent was harvested on Aug. 26, compared with the five-year average of 82 percent.

Soybeans

Minnesota — On Aug. 26, 72 percent was rated good or excellent, 21 percent fair and 7 percent poor or very poor. Bucking the overall trend, that was a slight improvement from a week earlier, when 67 percent was in good or excellent shape, with 24 percent fair and 9 percent poor or very poor.

North Dakota — On Aug. 26, 48 percent was rated good or excellent, 32 percent fair and 20 percent poor or very poor. A week earlier 56 percent was in good or excellent condition, with 29 percent fair and 17 percent poor or very poor.

South Dakota — On Aug. 26, 59 percent was in good or excellent condition, with 26 percent fair and 15 percent poor or very poor. A week earlier, 60 percent was rated good or excellent, with 27 percent fair and 3 percent poor or very poor.

Corn

Minnesota — On Aug. 26, 75 percent was rated good or excellent, 18 percent fair and 7 percent poor or very poor. That was nearly the same as a week earlier when 74 percent was rated good or excellent, 19 percent fair and 7 percent poor or very poor.

North Dakota — On Aug. 26, 64 percent was in good or excellent condition, 24 percent fair and 12 percent poor or very poor. A week earlier, 70 percent of the crop was rated good or excellent, 22 percent fair and 8 percent poor or very poor.

South Dakota — On Aug. 26, 64 percent was in good or excellent shape, 22 percent fair and 14 percent poor or very poor. A week earlier, 65 percent was rated good or excellent, with 23 percent fair and 12 percent poor or very poor.