- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A week of warm, windy weather has advanced the maturity of crops in South Dakota.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the harvesting of corn and soybeans is getting underway, at 2 percent and 3 percent, respectively. That’s slightly behind the average pace.

Winter wheat planting is halfway done, well ahead of the average. Winter wheat is seeded in the fall and harvested the following summer.

The third cutting of alfalfa hay is 80 percent complete and the fourth cutting is 26 percent done.

Pasture and range conditions in South Dakota are rated 56 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 74 percent adequate to surplus.

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