the republic logo

Corn seeding underway in South Dakota thanks to dry weather, but soil moisture is stressed

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — Dry conditions across South Dakota over the past week have enabled farmers to start planting corn, but the lack of rain is hurting soil moisture.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop progress report that about 5 percent of the corn crop is seeded, near the five-year average pace. The planting of small grains crops is well ahead of the average.

But subsoil moisture is rated 65 percent short or very short, and topsoil moisture is rated 67 percent short or very short.

Only 25 percent of South Dakota's winter wheat crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Subjects:

Places:

 

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.