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South Dakota moisture welcomed

FARGO, N.D. -- The spring wheat harvest moves forward in the region, as fall-like conditions have set in. Agweek's visits were in connection with the trip to central South Dakota for the recent Dakotafest farm show.

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Chris Scott (center) and a colleague from Case-IH talk with a customer at Dakotafest in Mitchell, S.D., about why he should buy a 2504 Self-Propelled windrower with a 19-foot disk header. The machine comes with a "merger" that allows it to windrow on top of or next to a neighboring windrow from the previous pass.

FARGO, N.D. - The spring wheat harvest moves forward in the region, as fall-like conditions have set in. Agweek’s visits were in connection with the trip to central South Dakota for the recent Dakotafest farm show.

A dousing of cold, wet weather is turning eyes toward what farmers are expecting to be a strong row crop season, particularly in the Mitchell, S.D., area.

Seeing double

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MITCHELL, S.D. - Chris Scott is the general manager of Scott Supply Co. He is the fourth generation owner of a “single-store family dealership” for Case-IH, which pays close attention to sales and marketing.

Rains during Dakotafest came a little late for corn, but likely helped soybeans in the area, Scott says. On the first day of the show Aug. 18, wind and electrical storms were severe enough to close the event, sending attendees seeking shelter at Scott Supply.

“Our trade territory is 50 miles in any direction,” Scott says, noting the store reaches out to 80 miles in the west. “We’ve got corn, beans, wheat - lots of hay. We kind of joke that we do just about everything but cotton.”

Recently, livestock customers have been driving the business. Things have slowed a bit in 2015 after a record sales year in 2014. “We’re still selling some stuff,” he says, and with a grin adds, “It’s not as bad as everybody says it is.”

One of the hot topics is precision farming. “Even windrowers are coming auto-guidance ready or auto-guidance complete from the factory,” he says.

Scott Supply crews are busy putting the Case-IH’s branded AccuGuidance capabilities into late model machines that came ready to have it adapted.

At Dakotafest on Aug. 19, Scott was busy talking with a customer about  2504 Self-Propelled windrower with a 19-foot disk header. The machine comes with a “merger” that allows the operator to place a windrow on top of or next to a neighboring windrow from the previous pass. “Guys like that if they’re chopping oats,” he says. “It saves some time on the custom silage cutters.”

On a milestone note, 2015 marks the Scott family’s 100th anniversary in the business. The company is planning an event that will include his grandfather, the second generation in the business, who turns 100 years old on Oct. 22. “We’re planning a double-doozy event - a party for him and a 100th anniversary party for Scott Supply,” he says. The date for the party has yet to be determined.

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The following is a by state-by-state National Agricultural Statistics Service report for the week ending Aug. 24.

South Dakota

Temperatures averaged 8 degrees below 30-year averages and rainfall came to the central and northeast parts of the state. Topsoil moisture is 72 percent adequate to surplus and subsoil moisture is 71 percent adequate to surplus.

Corn condition is 77 percent good to excellent, with 28 percent in the dented stage, just ahead of the 26 percent average. Soybeans are 90 percent setting pods, compared with a 92 percent average.

Spring wheat is 86 percent harvested, or just about equal to the 81 percent average. Sorghum condition is 72 percent good to excellent, with 94 percent headed and 19 percent of that turning color, compared with a 39 percent average.

Sunflowers were 93 percent bloomed, with ray flowers dried 15 percent, compared with a 14 percent average for the date. Alfalfa had 30 percent of its third cutting complete, compared with a 45 percent average for the date.


North Dakota

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Strong winds and lower temperatures came with a welcomed inch of rain in most of the state. Topsoil and subsoil moisture are both 70 percent adequate to surplus.

Spring wheat is 70 percent harvested, compared with a 41 percent average, with 82 percent rated good to excellent.

Corn is 20 percent dented, ahead of the 18 percent average, and condition is 74 percent rated good to excellent. Soybeans are 19 percent dropping leaves, compared with 2 percent average and the crop is ranked 73 percent good to excellent. Sunflowers are ranked 72 percent good to excellent, with 29 percent of the ray flowers dried, ahead of a 19 percent average for the date.

Dry edible beans are rated 59 percent good to excellent, with 50 percent dropping leaves, ahead of the 20 percent average. Sugar beets are rated 79 percent good to excellent and are 3 percent harvested, compared with a 2 percent average for the date.


Minnesota

Rains increased topsoil moisture levels to 90 percent adequate to surplus levels, while subsoil levels are 89 percent adequate to surplus.

Corn is 34 percent dented, compared with the five-year average of 29 percent, with 88 percent considered good to excellent condition. Soybeans are 11 percent turning color, compared with a 6 percent average, with conditions 80 percent good to excellent.

Alfalfa is 61 percent through the third cutting, with no average available. Pasture is rated 72 percent good to excellent.

Potatoes are 20 percent harvested, ahead of a 15 percent average, with the crop rated 92 percent good to excellent. Sunflowers are 64 percent rated good to excellent, with no progress report. Sugar beet conditions are rated 85 percent good to excellent.


Montana

The cold front that gripped the region brought freezing temperatures in some areas in Montana, and reports of snow in higher elevations.

Winter wheat is now 97 percent harvested, compared with an 85 percent average. Spring wheat is 69 percent, compared with a 33 percent average, and condition was rated 56 percent good to excellent, compared with an average of 59 percent for the date.

Harvest of other crops was all ahead of schedule - barley, 83 percent, five-year average 47 percent; canola, 71 percent harvested, 34 percent average; dry beans, 74 percent, 21 percent average; dry peas, 98 percent harvested, 76 percent average; durum wheat, 35 percent harvested, 21 percent average; lentils, 85 percent, 62 percent average.

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