Moisture levels good so far in South Dakota

Most South Dakota farmers are starting the week with adequate moisture levels as they prepare to plant.

Topsoil moisture levels are 68% adequate with 1% surplus and 27% short as of Sunday.  Subsoil levels are similar with 62% reported adequate with 3% surplus and 29% short.

Fifty-six percent of the state’s winter wheat crop is in good condition, with only 1% excellent and 36% fair.  Spring wheat planting is 23% finished, and 10% ahead of the five year average.

Thirty percent of South Dakota’s oats are in the ground, well ahead of the 12% average.  Seven percent of the oats have emerged.

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