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Recent rains welcome in South Dakota

A farmer in southeastern South Dakota says the weekend rains were good for the winter wheat.

Chet Edinger tells Brownfield the half inch of rain will give the wheat a good drink as it comes out of dormancy.

“It looks good right now. Last year, we lost a lot of our wheat due the drought and this year, it’s looking like it’s going to be good unless we get a freak weather event. We should get some decent wheat.”

He says conditions have been cool at the farm and there hasn’t been a lot of growth yet for the winter wheat. However, the crop has been fertilized and should do well with the upcoming warm temperatures. Edinger says spring planting won’t start for another few weeks.

“If the weather holds good, we’ll have normal planting dates. We like to fire up the corn planter around April 20 and we might even get some soybeans planted the same time as the corn. Everyone’s been talking about having early soybeans.”

Edinger raises corn, wheat, sunflowers and soybeans near Mitchell.

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