- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The winter wheat harvest is nearing completion in South Dakota, after a week of varied rainfall in the state.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the northwest, north central and eastern portions of the state received rain but the southwest remains dry.

The winter wheat harvest is 95 percent done, ahead of 86 percent at the same time last year but nearly equal to the 94 percent long-term average.

About three-fourths of South Dakota’s spring wheat crop is in the bin, well ahead of both last year’s pace and the average.

Pasture and range conditions in the state are 59 percent good to excellent, and stock water supplies are 75 percent adequate to surplus.

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