South Dakota Farmers Are Kicking Butt out There
South Dakota farmers are making good progress on corn and soybean planting. After a huge delay due to adverse Winter-like weather for most of April, they have been able to work the fields hard over the past week.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop report for the state, farmers had 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday.
Corn planting was 91 percent, near last year's pace of 94 percent and the five-year average of 92 percent. Fifty percent of the corn crop had emerged, which is well behind last year's 70 percent and behind the 62 percent average.
Farmers have planted 61 percent of the soybean crop, behind last year's 70 percent but near the 65 percent average. The soybean crop is 16 percent emerged, compared with 27 percent at this time last year and the average of 26 percent.
Half of the winter wheat crop is in good condition.