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Published July 07, 2010, 09:15 AM

Sunny, dry weather helps South Dakota farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sunny and dry weather in South Dakota over the past week has helped dry wet ground and boost crop development.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sunny and dry weather in South Dakota over the past week has helped dry wet ground and boost crop development.

But the Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that windy conditions made it difficult for farmers to spray fields, and pests including grasshoppers, weevils and caterpillars are taking a toll on some crops.

Corn development is ahead of the five-year average, and soybeans are developing on aver-age pace.

Topsoil conditions across the state are rated 92 percent adequate to surplus. Pastures are rated 89 percent in good to excellent condition. Cattle and sheep also are rated mostly in those categories.

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