A lot of soybeans left to plant and more rains ahead

A farmer in southeast South Dakota says corn planting is wrapping up ahead of the next round of rains, but there’s still a lot of soybeans left to plant.

“It doesn’t look like we’ll be in the fields this next week.”

Travis Mockler says he’s optimistic the rest of his soybeans will be planted by the June 10 crop insurance cutoff date.

“We can plant a lot of acres fast, but we need to get into the field. We’re supposed to get 1.5 inches and that will set us back until Friday when we get another 1.5 inches. So far, the weathermen have been wrong this last week. Hopefully, they’ll continue to be wrong and we can keep planting.”

If the rains continue and the rest of the soybeans can’t be planted, Mockler says the soybean acres will become prevent plant.

USDA says 37% of South Dakota’s soybeans have been planted with 7% of the crop emerged. Corn planting is 66% complete, ahead of average with emergence at 17% complete.

USDA says South Dakota’s sorghum is 28% planted and sunflower planting is 1% complete. Spring wheat planting is nearly complete with 66% of the crop emerged. The winter wheat is 1% headed with conditions rated 74% good to excellent.

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