Muddy, wet fields delay some South Dakota planting

Rains continue to delay some planting across portions of eastern South Dakota.

“Farmers always complain that it’s either too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry and too wet is the case right now.”

Near Lake Preston, farmer Paul Casper says he planted a quarter of his corn two weeks ago, but the muddy, puddled fields have delayed any additional work.

“We’ve dug around and the crops are sprouting, coming through where it’s dry on top. Along the edges, where there’s water standing, the crops are just sitting there. It’s an interesting start so far.”

Casper says there’s still time to plant corn, but corn will lose yield potential if it’s planted after May 20. Near Wentworth, Dave Ellens says fields were dry enough to get back into fields on Monday to plant some soybeans.

“The low ground is really wet and we’re having to go around that. It’s different from corn,” he says. “When we were planting corn, we were able to move throughout the field and now, planting soybeans, the fields are pretty saturated. We are having to go around the low spots. However, the regular parts of the field are fit to go.”

Ellens says farmers can make good planting progress if there’s a week of dry, warm weather and another planting window might open later this week.

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