North Dakota Harvest Advancing Slowly

Just as it has been for their counterparts on the other side of the Canada-U.S. border, this year’s harvest has been a slog for North Dakota producers.

Although drier, warmer weather is expected to return this week, the latest weekly state crop progress report shows the North Dakota harvest lagging well behind the average pace for most crops as widespread rain – including this past week – has kept farmers out of the fields.

The spring wheat harvest in the state was reported at 73% complete as of Sunday, up just 5 points on the week and 18 points behind average, while the durum harvest was half done, compared to 46% a week earlier and 79% on average.

The oat harvest in the state advanced just 7 points on the week to 79% complete, behind 93% on average, and the barley crop was 88% in the bin, also up a modest 7 points on the week and 7 points behind average.

Less than half (47%) of the canola crop was off as of Sunday, well behind 85% last year and 82% on average, and an advance of just 8 points from a week earlier. The flaxseed harvest was 34% finished as of Sunday, behind 71% on average and a modest gain from 27% complete a week earlier.

Only 40% of the North Dakota lentils were in the bin, far behind 93% last year, while just 13% of the dry edible beans were off, compared to 8% a week earlier and 44% on average. The dry pea harvest was nearing completion at 93% done, but that was up only 3 points on the week.

Topsoil moisture across the state was rated 1% very short, 2% short, 69% adequate and 28% surplus as of Sunday. That compares to the end of July, when topsoil moisture was pegged at 6% very short, 19% short, 66% and 9% surplus.

Crop development is also running well behind in North Dakota, with only 3% of the corn crop mature as of Sunday, 40 points behind last year and 19 points behind the average. Just 42% of the state soybean crop was dropping leaves, compared to 78% last year and 64% on average.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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