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South Dakota winter wheat harvest ahead of average pace; soybean harvest nearing halfway point


SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — The planting of winter wheat in South Dakota continues to progress ahead of the average pace.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 83 percent of the crop is now seeded, up from 72 percent a week earlier and ahead of the long-term average of 72 percent.

About one-third of the crop has emerged, slightly ahead of average. Winter wheat is seeded in the fall, goes dormant over the winter, begins growing again in the spring and is harvested in the summer.

South Dakota's corn harvest is at 12 percent, behind average. The soybean harvest is nearing the halfway point, close to average.

Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 53 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 76 percent adequate to surplus.

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