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Not a perfect start to the growing season in SD and southern MN

A market analyst and crop insurance agent in northeast South Dakota says there’s already some prevent plant corn in portions of the Northern Plains.

DuWayne Bosse says the final planting date for corn was May 25 in portions of South Dakota and southern Minnesota.

“On the border of the two states there are some real wet spots there. Some farmers have struggled to even get started on corn. There will be prevent plant acres there,” he says. “Near me in northeast South Dakota, the majority of the corn is planted, but we can’t finish it. Some farmers will switch acres to soybeans or prevent plant.”

He says prevent plant corn is considered below normal for the area.

“We didn’t have much snow. The recent rains have soaked up well and the forecast is hotter and drier. If we could miss a rain or two, we can get the rest of planting done eventually.”

And Bosse says he doesn’t consider it a market mover.

“I can’t really lower the national yield in my spreadsheet much, because of these issues. It’s just not a perfect start to the growing season and trendline yield doesn’t need a good start. Drought is usually the top factor for dragging down yield and it’s really hard to talk drought right now, isn’t it?”

Bosse says once conditions get warmer and drier this week, he’s expecting farmers to shift their focus to planting soybeans and the final planting date for soybeans isn’t until June 10.

Hear the interview.

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