Improved field conditions help SD planting

Soybean planting started Monday for a farmer in eastern South Dakota.

Dave Ellens tells Brownfield the good soil moisture will help give the crop get a good start.

“There’s enough moisture to get the seed going, but it’s dry enough to plant the entire fields.”

Ellens says corn planting started at the beginning of May and took about one week.

“If you blinked, you missed it. It’s amazing how fast farmers can put a crop in,” he says. “We didn’t have much for rain delays and have probably 80% done. Corn is starting to emerge in neighbor’s fields and it shouldn’t take long for our corn to come up.”

Ellens says while the moisture delayed spring planting, it was well needed and conditions are starting to dry up again. 

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