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South Dakota corn harvest a quarter finished

A quarter of the South Dakota corn crop is combined, ahead of last year’s 18 percent, but behind average. Two-thirds of the crop is good to excellent.

Almost half the soybeans are cut, well behind last year’s 76 percent. Soybeans are 61 percent good to excellent.

Ruth Beck is a South Dakota State University agronomist in Pierre.

“Right in the central part of the state we’ve seen a lot of the corn get harvested. Some soybeans are harvested; we don’t have a ton of soybeans here,” Beck told Brownfield Ag News. “I think we’re just starting to get into the sunflowers now.”

Eight percent of the sunflowers harvested, according to the USDA’s National Agriculture Statics Service, well behind 30 last year and 32 average.

AUDIO: Ruth Beck (1 min. MP3)

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