Tractor planting corn

At planting time, a farmer never knows what the season will bring. The same holds true for farm policy. However, two analysts at The Ohio State University aren't anticipating too many changes in the 2018 Farm Bill.

About a quarter of South Dakota's corn crop is planted, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service weekly crop progress report.

At this time last year, corn planting was wrapping up, but farmers had just one full day to get in the field in the week leading up to Memorial Day.

Soybean planting was 6 percent complete, well behind 56 percent at this time last year and the 64 percent average for the last five years.

Spring wheat planting was 79 percent complete, behind the average 97 percent. About 43 percent had emerged. Winter wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 46 fair, 45 good and 3 excellent.

Oats condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 39 fair, 50 good and 6 excellent. Oats planted was 69 percent, well behind 95 last year and 97 average. Emerged was 46 percent, well behind 85 last year and 87 average.

Sorghum planted was 2 percent, well behind 43 last year and 36 average.

Topsoil moisture supplies rated 44 adequate and 56 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 52 adequate and 48 surplus. Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 27 fair, 53 good and 14 excellent.