USDA: SD crops progressing well thanks to weather

Pests like grasshoppers continue to create problems for South Dakota farmers, especially in the western end of the state, but the crops are making progress, reported “Kazakh-Zerno” IA with reference to the “Businessweek“.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that scattered showers across the state helped crops develop, but some areas received severe storms and damaging hail.

Topsoil moisture was rated 84 percent adequate to surplus for last week. That’s 39 percent better than the five-year average.

About 61 percent of the state’s winter wheat crop has been harvested, which is slightly behind the average. Spring wheat harvest is also beginning.

Corn is about 75 percent tasseled in South Dakota, and about 66 percent of the soybean crop is blooming.

Rate article
Add a comment