South Dakota spring wheat, oat harvests nearing completion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's spring wheat and oat harvests are nearly complete after a mostly dry week.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that temperatures last week were average to above average for much of South Dakota. Daytime highs reached the upper 80s and lower 90s for much of central and western South Dakota by the end of the week.

Spring wheat was 97 percent harvested, compared with 93 percent last year and for the five-year average. Oats were 95 percent harvested, behind 100 percent last year and an average of 99 percent.

South Dakota's barley crop is only 60 percent harvested, well behind 95 percent last year and an average of 91 percent.

Corn maturity remains behind last year's pace and the average as farmers prepare for harvest.

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