Corn, Swift County

With adequate temperatures and rain, corn plants began to elongate in early June. Photo by Andrea Johnson.

South Dakota's corn planting progress is nearing the halfway mark at a time when farmers are usually wrapping up with corn.

Corn planting was 44 percent complete, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress report for June 2.

Farmers had 3.4 days to work in the field in the last week.

Soybean planting was at 14 percent complete, well behind last year's progress of 83 percent for the same week.

Winter wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 37 fair, 53 good and 4 excellent. About 6 percent of the crop had headed. This time last year, heading was at 27 percent, and the average is 43 percent over the last five years.

Spring wheat planting was 86 percent complete. Condition rated 1 percent poor, 46 fair, 46 good and 7 excellent.

Oat planting was 81 percent complete. Condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 36 fair, 55 good and 5 excellent.

Sorghum planting was 8 percent done, well behind 67 percent last year.

Topsoil moisture supplies rated 48 percent adequate and 52 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 53 percent adequate and 47 surplus.

Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 24 fair, 53 good and 19 excellent.