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SD corn, sunflower harvests lag behind average pace; winter wheat emergence ahead of average


SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — A week of warm, dry weather has helped South Dakota farmers with the harvest, but much of the corn and sunflower crops remain in the field.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that nearly all of the soybean crop and nearly three-fourths of the sorghum crop have been harvested.

However, the corn harvest is only 34 percent complete, well behind the average pace of 60 percent. And only 29 percent of the sunflower crop is harvested, well behind 49 percent on average.

About 73 percent of the winter wheat crop has emerged, ahead of the average pace.

The report says South Dakota ranchers are busy weaning calves and moving cattle from summer pastures.

Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 62 percent good to excellent. Stockwater supplies are 80 percent adequate to surplus.

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