USDA: Dry weather helps South Dakota farmers

AP News
Posted: Nov 24, 2009 11:20 AM

South Dakota farmers are making progress on harvest, but they're still well behind the normal pace because of the wet fall.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a dry week helped farmers last week.

The USDA estimates that about 40 percent of the state's corn crop has been harvested. That's well behind the average of 91 percent harvested at this time of year.

About 86 percent of South Dakota's sorghum crop has been harvested. That's less that the five-year average of 96 percent.

The sunflower harvest is also going slowly this year, and about 79 percent is complete. That lags behind the average of 90 percent done at this time of year.