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Charles Goldammer, of rural Mitchell, works to plant corn and soybeans Monday afternoon. (Jordan Steffen/Daily Republic)

Planting half as far along as last year

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South Dakota corn planting is only about half as far along as it was at this time last year, but farmers are not alarmed yet.

Mark Gross, president of the board of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, planted his cornfields two weeks ago, a full month later than last year.

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"I held off for the ground to warm," said Gross, of Bridgewater.

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