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Most South Dakota crops benefited from rains


Nearly three-quarters of South Dakota’s crops are getting needed rain, but there are still several dry areas.  USDA’s Erik Gerlach reports the state’s topsoil moisture levels are 7% very short, 26% short, 60% adequate, and 7% surplus.  Subsoil moisture ratings show the state still needs rain to recharge the soil profile, with 10% very short, 33% short, 52% adequate, and just 5% surplus.

Most corn is doing well with 12% rated excellent, 49% good, 30% fair, and 7% poor.  Thirty-five percent of the corn is silking, ahead of the 23% average for this time of year. 

Eleven percent of soybeans are setting pods, with 7% of the crop rated excellent, 50% good, 35% fair, and 7% poor.

Most South Dakota crops benefited from rains