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Weather slows harvest for SD producers

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Weather has put a damper on this fall’s harvest.

According to a United States Department of Agriculture crop report, below-normal temperatures and wet field conditions plagued South Dakota farmers last week, continuing to slow row crop harvest progress in some areas.

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It’s a stark contrast to last year’s dry conditions, which meant most farmers were already done with harvest by now. The report states the corn harvest was 63 percent complete by Nov. 3, far behind last year’s 100-percent completion but near the 65-percent average.

Soybeans were 92 percent complete, behind last year’s but near the 90-percent average. Sorghum and sunflower harvests were also listed as “well behind” last year’s harvests. Winter wheat, on the other hand, was reported as 85 percent emerged, ahead of last year’s 32 percent and the 79 average.

This week offered more of the same, with Tuesday offering the season’s first noticeable snowfall for the Mitchell area, lending more than 2 inches of snow according to a National Weather Service volunteer observer and a chilly daytime high of 38 degrees, according to AccuWeather.

According to the livestock pasture and range report, pasture conditions were unchanged with 2 percent rated very poor, 7 poor, 37 fair, 48 good and 6 excellent.

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