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A field of sunflowers blooms in the summer sunshine in Harwood, N.D., in this 2016 file photo. David Samson / Forum News Service

Wet weather hampering crops, causing quality concerns in North Dakota

WILLISTON, N.D. — Wet weather is raising quality concerns for wheat and pulse crops in scattered areas of North Dakota, depending on how mature the crop was at the time, and how much rain fell.

The harvest of hard red spring wheat did accelerate somewhat for the week of Aug. 18 to Aug. 25, according to the latest figures from the USDA’s weekly crop progress report, but weekend rain slowed some producers down.

Thirty-eight percent of the nation’s crop has so far been harvested, well behind the average pace of 65%. In North Dakota, 34% has been harvested.

The rain that fell Labor Day weekend could lead to more delays and quality issues for some, depending on how much rain falls on crops not yet harvested.

Crop ratings for spring wheat fell slightly from last week, to 69% good to excellent in North Dakota.

The durum harvest also continues to be well behind schedule, due to slow maturity and less than ideal harvest weather.

North Dakota’s durum harvest is 24% — up 7% from last week — but behind last year’s 49%.

Crop condition is 62% good to excellent in North Dakota, down 10% from the previous week.

North Dakota’s winter wheat harvest is 77% complete, approaching but still behind the five-year average of 83% at this time.

Soybeans in the state are rated 62% good to excellent. Beans setting pods are 89%, approaching the five-year average of 96%, while dropping leaves is 3%, well behind the 14% average.

Corn in North Dakota is 73% good to excellent. Corn silking is about average at 98%. Dough, however, is 47%, well behind the 75% average. Dented is 5%, also well behind the 25% average.

Canola is rated 64% good to excellent. Harvest is at 11%, well behind the 34% average.

Barley is 76% good to average, with 46% harvested — well behind the 75% average.

Dry edible peas in the state are 77% good to excellent, with harvest at 75%. That’s approaching the 5-year average of 80%.

Dry edible beans, meanwhile, are 51% good to excellent. Setting pods is at 98%. Dropping leaves is at 39%, approaching the five-year 47% average.

The state's lentil harvest is at 16% compared to last year’s 45%.

Sunflowers look good in North Dakota, with 81% rated good to excellent. Blooming is at 94%. Rayflowers dried is at 19%, which is behind the five-year average of 40%. Bracts turned yellow is 1%, behind 30% at this time last year.

Flaxseed is 74% good to excellent. Harvest is at 6%, behind the five-year average of 27%.

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