Winter wheat harvest in South Dakota is nearing completion after several days of dry weather.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that winter wheat is 92 percent harvested, ahead of last year's 87 percent pace and the five-year average of 81 percent.

Spring wheat was 73 percent harvested, well ahead of last year's 45 percent clip and the average of 40 percent.

Farmers in some areas have received welcome rains in recent days, although soil moisture ratings continue to decline for a majority of the state. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 52 percent short to very short, and subsoil moisture totals were rated 52 percent short to very short.

Pasture and range conditions were rated 25 percent poor to very poor and 39 percent good to excellent.

Source: Associated Press

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