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Published May 24, 2011, 02:20 PM

Rain continues to slow SD field work

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota farmers made progress in planting corn last week before rain stopped field work after less than four days of suitable weather.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota farmers made progress in planting corn last week before rain stopped field work after less than four days of suitable weather.

The Agricultural Statistics Service said in its weekly report Monday that 73 percent of the corn had been planted, up from 44 percent a week earlier but still behind the five-year average of 78 percent.

Soybean planting is 21 percent complete, compared to the average of 36 percent.

Less than 10 percent of the sorghum or sunflowers are planted.

Seeding of small grains also trails the five-year average at 89 percent for spring wheat, 84 percent for oats, and 62 percent for barley.

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