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SD crop conditions decline following heavy rains, flooding

A farmer in southeast South Dakota says the recent rains have delayed any fieldwork possible in the last week.

“Last week, we had anywhere from 9 to 11 inches of rain.”

Matt Bainbridge from Davison County tells Brownfield it was awkward timing for rain.

“A lot of spraying needed to be done this week and corn is getting tall. People were going to start adding nitrogen to it. Everything is going to be compressed here and will have to get done quickly. We’ll need better weather for the next 10 days.”

He says it looks like a significant number of acres were lost on his farm and it’s too late to replant so his attention will turn to repairing damaged pasture fences.

“We had water and corn stalks mash our fences down. We are going to try to make sure we have at least the border fences alright for the cows and make sure the water has come down enough so we can start fixing some of that.”

Crop conditions have declined some in South Dakota in the last week. USDA says South Dakota’s corn condition is rated 72% good to excellent, a six-percentage point decline from the previous week.

Only 78% of the soybean crop has emerged with some beans starting to bloom. South Dakota’s soybean condition is rated 72% good to excellent, a decline of three-percentage points from the previous week.

The sorghum crop is 8% headed with conditions rated 79% good to excellent. Winter wheat is 93% headed and the crop is rated 73% good to excellent.

In South Dakota, 45% of the spring wheat crop is headed with the crop rated 78% good to excellent.

Photo credit: Matt Bainbridge

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