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Spring planting well behind average pace in South Dakota

May 9, 2019

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Spring planting is about one-fifth done in South Dakota but still well behind the average pace.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 19% of the spring wheat crop is seeded, and 16% of oats are planted. The five-year average for both crops is 76%.

Topsoil moisture supplies statewide remain rated 100% adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is still 99% in those categories.

The state’s winter wheat crop is rated 4% poor, 39% fair, 53% good and 4% excellent.

Pasture and range conditions are rated mostly fair to good.

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