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Snow, cold weather slows down corn, sunflower harvesting for producers across South Dakota


SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — Snowfall and below-normal temperatures slowed harvesting progress across South Dakota, but producers remained ahead of last year's place for corn and sunflowers.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that corn was 92 percent harvested, ahead of the 87 percent mark last year. Sunflowers were 80 percent harvested, well ahead of last year's 61 percent pace.

The report listed the amount of sorghum harvested at 95 percent, ahead of the 87 percent completed at this time a year ago.

Pasture and range conditions were rated 8 percent excellent, 49 percent good, 32 percent fair, 9 percent poor and 2 percent very poor.

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