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Widespread Durum Wheat Harvest Yet to Begin
USAgNet - 08/08/2018

Spring wheat harvest continues to progress at a near average pace. The U.S. harvest is about 13 percent complete, very comparable to the 14 percent average. This week's forecast for hot, dry temperatures should allow good harvest progress this week. Harvest in South Dakota has surpassed the halfway point and ranges from 8 to 13 percent in the remaining states. All of these harvest rates are behind last year's pace, but near the five-year average.

Crop condition ratings on the unharvested portion of the crop are still high with 74 percent rated in good to excellent condition, down four percentage points from last week. Harvest reports so far have been quite variable in North Dakota with some producers reporting better than expected yields and others reporting yields that were below expectations.

No widespread durum harvest has been reported, but warm, dry conditions should allow for fields to mature and dry out this week. In North Dakota, nearly 90 percent of the durum has turned color, well ahead of the average of 60 percent. About 25 percent of the crop is mature. Crop condition ratings remain high with 81 percent in good to excellent condition.

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