Richelieu planter

Don Richeieu prepares to plant corn in a field near Viborg, S.D., as his son, John, readies the adjacent ground.

At a time when more than half of South Dakota's corn is typically in the ground, farmers here have just 4 percent of the crop planted, according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

South Dakota's corn growers usually have 54 percent of their crop planted. Last year at this time, corn planting was 19 percent complete. Cool, wet weather and fields bogged with water from spring snow and rain storms have kept farmers out of the field this spring.

In the first full week of May, there were just 1.7 days suitable for work in the field. Fields were sitting with topsoil moisture ratings of 39 percent surplus.

Wet weather has made for good pasture conditions. The state's pastures rated 51 percent good, 19 percent excellent, 28 percent fair and 2 percent poor.

Winter wheat was in good condition with 59 percent of the crop rated good, 9 percent excellent, 26 fair and 5 poor.

Spring wheat planting was nearly half done, well behind the average 88 percent complete for this week. About 9 percent of the spring wheat crop had emerged.

Oat planting was 37 percent done with 15 percent of the crop emerged.

Janelle is editor of the Tri-State Neighbor, covering South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska. Reach her at jatyeo@tristateneighbor.com or follow on Twitter @JLNeighbor

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Janelle is editor of the Tri-State Neighbor, covering South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska.