|The following is reprinted from the North Dakota Wheat Commission Crop Progress Report of July 29.|
The North Dakota and Montana durum regions have received some precipitation over the past week to ten days, which has helped to stabilize overall crop ratings and may benefit crop potential in some areas, but for most of the region the rains may have come too late to really boost crop prospects. As of July 27, only 26 percent of the Montana crop and 24 percent of the North Dakota crop is rated good to excellent, compared to nearly 50 percent last year. In both states, 35 to 40 percent of the crop is rated poor to very poor. Harvest is just getting started in North Dakota where 2 percent has been completed, near the five-year average. In both states 55 to 60 percent of the crop is at the ripe stage of development or beyond, which is ahead of normal and may indicate an earlier than normal harvest in many areas.