Spring planting well behind average pace in South Dakota


SIOUX FALLS (AP) – Spring planting remains well behind the average pace in South Dakota after bad weather and flooding last month.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 8% of the spring wheat crop and 7% of the oats crop are seeded. Normally at this time of year, 60% of spring wheat and 62% of oats are in the ground.

Topsoil moisture supplies statewide remain rated 100% adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is still 99% in those categories.

The state's winter wheat crop is rated 2% poor, 41% fair, 55% good and 2% excellent.

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