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Mixed Progress in Spring Wheat Harvest
Minnesota Ag Connection - 08/06/2020

Harvest of the U.S. spring wheat crop is approximately 5 percent complete, according to the most recent USDA Crop Progress report. The five-year average is 10 percent, yet slightly ahead of last year's 2 percent.

Harvest is most advanced in South Dakota where about a third of the crop has been harvested which is on par with the five-year average of 37 percent and well ahead of 2019's average of 4 percent.. Minnesota is reporting 7 percent of the crop harvested, compared to 1 percent last year and near the five-year average of 8 percent.

In North Dakota about 2% of the crop has been harvested, slightly behind average. The forecast for the next week shows mostly dry conditions which allow for good harvest progress in areas where fields are ripe. The bulk of the harvest in the state is still likely 10-14 days away. While harvest reports are few and far between in the state so far, no major issues have been reported yet in terms of yield or quality. Producers continue to report some areas of increased disease pressure -- primarily Fusarium headblight and bacterial leaf streak, but the percent incidence is fairly low in most areas. Crop condition ratings increased slightly this week with 73% of the nation's crop rated in good to excellent condition.

Durum harvest has not yet begun in North Dakota or Montana. In North Dakota about 70% of the durum has started to turn color and 12% is ripe. Harvest of some of the earlier planted durum could begin in the next week. In Montana, about half of the durum has started to turn color. Crop condition ratings have improved some in recent weeks with 72% of the North Dakota crop rated in good to excellent condition.

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