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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Northern Plains News Service

Late August's heat in the upper Midwest has been hard on students in un-air-conditioned schools and dormitories. But it's been helpful to the spring wheat harvest, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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"It's perfect for ripening the wheat crop across the northern plains," said USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey.

Rippey also said it is perfect for harvesting spring wheat. Rippey added that nationally, the spring wheat crop is in "not too bad of shape," with 67 percent of the crop in good to excellent condition and 7 percent at poor to very poor. The USDA says it is a "decent wheat crop in the making."

Reports from the Dakotas and Minnesota confirm the USDA's appraisal.

According to the North Dakota Wheat Commission, South Dakota and Minnesota are the furthest along in harvesting with 75 and 65 percent completed, respectively.

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