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South Dakota Crop Update: Favorable Field Conditions and Promising Crop Progress
South Dakota Ag Connection - 06/07/2023

According to the latest report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, the week ending June 4, 2023, saw favorable conditions for fieldwork in South Dakota, with 6. 7 days suitable for farming activities. Topsoil moisture supplies were mostly short to adequate, while subsoil moisture supplies were rated as short to adequate.

In terms of field crops, corn condition was predominantly good to excellent, with only a small percentage rated as poor. Corn planting progress was ahead of the previous year and the five-year average, with 97% of the crop already planted and 84% emerged.

Soybean planting progress also surpassed last year's pace and the average, with 89% of soybeans planted and 63% already emerged. Soybean condition was mostly fair to good, with a small percentage rated as poor.

Winter wheat, despite some challenging conditions, showed promising progress with 49% of the crop headed. Spring wheat emerged ahead of the previous year and the average, and its condition was reported as mostly fair to excellent.

Oats and sorghum planting progress exceeded last year's and the average, with oats showing impressive emergence. Sunflower planting progress also outpaced previous years.

Pasture and range conditions were reported as mostly fair to good, providing favorable grazing opportunities for livestock.

These statistics provide an overview of the current state of agriculture in South Dakota, highlighting the progress made in planting and the overall condition of major crops. Farmers can use this information to assess the health of their crops and plan future farming activities accordingly.

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