Planting moves slowly in South Dakota

South Dakota farmers made little planting progress last week, but are still running behind the average pace.

The USDA says four percent of the state’s corn is planted, 22 percent behind last year and 13 percent behind the five-year average.

Only one percent of soybeans have been planted, running seven percent behind last year and near four percent average.

Forty-eight percent of the spring wheat is planted with 12 percent emerged. Only 24 percent of winter wheat is reported in good condition, with 51 percent fair.

Oats are 48 percent planted, near the average.

Topsoil moisture is only 49 percent adequate and subsoil moisture is 38 percent short.

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