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Good, not so good at halfway point of crop season

The Fourth of July is roughly halfway through the Upper Midwest 2019 crop season. Now, at the midpoint, some crops — especially wheat — are doing better than others. And some states, especially North Dakota, are faring better than others.

That's according to statistics found in the weekly crop progress report, released July 1 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report reflects conditions as of June 30.

Spring wheat the star so far, though not everywhere.

In Minnesota, 85% of spring wheat is in good or excellent condition; most of the state's spring wheat is in the northwest corner of the state, which had relatively favorable planting conditions this spring.

North Dakota spring wheat was rated 81% good or excellent.

Corn and soybeans weren't doing as well, especially in South Dakota and Minnesota. Only 58% of corn in both states were rated good or excellent. In Minnesota, 62% of soybeans were rated good or excellent, and just 54% were in good or excellent shape in South Dakota.

Big chunks of Minnesota and South Dakota suffered excess moisture and difficult planting conditions this spring.

Here's a closer look at corn, spring wheat and soybeans, the region's three major crops

Spring wheat

Montana: 51% of spring wheat were rated good or excellent, the rest fair to very poor.

Minnesota: 85% were in good or excellent shape, the rest fair to very poor.

North Dakota: 81% were rated good or excellent, the rest fair to very poor.

South Dakota: 71% were rated in good or excellent shape, the rest fair to very poor.

Corn

Minnesota: 99% of corn had emerged as of June 30, compared with the five-year average for that date of 100%; 58% were rated good or excellent, the rest fair to very poor.

North Dakota: 98% of corn had emerged as of June 30, compared with the five-year average for that date of 99%; 79% were in good or excellent shape, the rest fair to very poor.

South Dakota: 96% of corn had emerged as of June 30, compared with the five-year average for that date of 100%; 58% were rated good or excellent, the rest fair to very poor.

Soybeans

North Dakota: 96% of soybeans had emerged as of June 30, compared with the five-year average of 99% for that date; 67% were rated good or excellent, the rest fair to very poor.

South Dakota: 82%% of beans had emerged as ofJune 30, compared with the five-year average of 99% for that date; 54% were in good or excellent condition, the rest fair to very poor.

Minnesota: 95% of soybeans had emerged as of June 30, compared with the five-year average of 99% for that date; 62% were in good or excellent shape, the rest fair to very poor.

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