Wet, cool weather helps soil moisture in SD

Wet, cool weather offers few suitable field days but helps soil moisture in South Dakota

Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Wet, cool conditions across South Dakota this past week left just 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork, but the rain helped soil moisture.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says topsoil moisture supplies are rated 5 percent short, 85 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies are rated 9 percent short, 85 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus.

The corn crop is 91 percent emerged and rated 2 percent poor, 10 percent fair, 80 percent good and 8 percent excellent.

Soybeans are 93 percent planted, ahead of last year and the five-year average. The crop is 75 percent emerged, well ahead of last year and the average. Soybean condition is rated 22 fair percent, 66 good percent and 12 percent excellent.

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