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South Dakota Crops 1 to 2 weeks behind
South Dakota Ag Connection - 07/13/2020

Since June 27, 2020, Moe Agostino, Chief Commodity Strategist, Farms.com Risk Management and host of the 2020 9th Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop Tour has visited the state of South Dakota twice. The tour has found similar findings in many states, and South Dakota was no exception with a mid-May cold snap, and too much moisture placing the 2020 panting season behind by 1-2 weeks.

The 2020 9th Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop tour route in the state of South Dakota started in Rapid City on July 5, and then travelled to Pierre, and then north on the way to Ashley North Dakota. The tour returned on July 9th, 2020 near Sioux Falls, SD.

“South Dakota is too wet as crops are stressing under too much moisture especially from centre North from Pierre, SD up to Aberdeen,” says Agostino. “But ‘rain makes grain.”

North East SD near Sioux Falls was looking good and much better than in 2019. The tour visited with Craig Blindert, a farmer based in McCook County South Dakota. In 2019 the county had 41% of acres go “prevent plant”.

“What a difference a year makes with both corn and soybeans looking like above average crops,” says Agostino. The record corn yield in South Dakota was 161 in 2016 vs. 144 last year, while soybeans also hit a record in 2016 at 49.5 vs. 19 at 42.5 bpa. There were some abandoned or failed acres in the state, but not quite as many as last year, as farmers have planted 24% more corn, 49% more soybeans, but with winter wheat acres down 24% with spring wheat up 33%.

“Crops are not stressing from excessive heat nor disease, but some acres are too wet with plenty of top and subsoil moisture.” Agostino rates the state a 7.5 out of 10 with ideal growing conditions with daytime temps at 80F+ and nighttime temps at 60F.

Follow the 9th Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop Tour on Twitter @FarmsMarketing #cornbelt20.

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