Very little planting underway in South Dakota


Very little planting underway in South Dakota

Farmers are beginning to make some progress in the fields as conditions improve.  USDA reporters say for the week ending Sunday, just under four days were suitable for fieldwork and some planters were rolling.

About one percent of South Dakota’s corn is planted, which is behind last year’s 4% and the 3% average. 

Thirty-six percent of the spring wheat is planted with 4% of it emerged.  Only 17% of winter wheat is reported in good condition, with 57% in fair condition.

Oats planting is running behind last year, but near average with 37% in the ground.

Many South Dakota farmers say their fields could use some water with only 41% of the fields having adequate topsoil moisture and 35% short on moisture.