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Published May 25, 2010, 02:27 PM

South Dakota corn and soybean planting still behind average

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Agriculture Department says South Dakota farmers made significant progress with corn and soybean planting before stormy weather over the weekend, but planting remains behind.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Agriculture Department says South Dakota farmers made significant progress with corn and soybean planting before stormy weather over the weekend, but planting remains behind.

The department says in its weekly crop and weather report that 34 percent of the soybean crop is in the ground, compared with the five-year average of 42 percent. Seventy-seven percent of the corn is planted, compared to the average of 84 percent.

Planting of spring wheat is wrapping up, and 48 percent of the winter wheat crop is in the boot stage, up 20 percentage points from the same time last year.

Most of the cattle and sheep in South Dakota are rated in good to excellent condition, and feed and stockwater supplies are rated mostly adequate to surplus.

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