USA:SD crops on track, but field pests increase

Sunshine and mostly dry conditions kept South Dakota crop development on schedule last week, but farmers are reporting an increase in field pests in some areas, reported “Kazakh-Zerno” NA with reference to the “Bloomberg“.

Temperatures in many places exceeded 100 degrees, and overall readings for the week were warmer than average except in the far west.

Topsoil moisture was rated 84 percent adequate to surplus for last week, 7 percentage points behind the previous week but 34 points above the five-year average. Subsoil moisture was 89 percent adequate to surplus, 17 points above the previous year.

Winter wheat harvest is in full swing, with 33 percent harvested.

Pastures are rated 86 percent in mostly good to excellent conditions.

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