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About 1 percent of South Dakota's corn crop has been planted. (File photo)

South Dakota farmers start planting corn crop

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South Dakota farmers start planting corn crop
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota farmers have started planting this year's corn crop.

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The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that 1 percent of the state's corn crop is seeded, compared to 3 percent on average.

South Dakota farmers are expected to plant 5.8 million acres of corn this year, down 6 percent from last year.

About 6 percent of barley is in the ground in South Dakota, behind the average of 21 percent. But 37 percent of the oat crop is planted, slightly ahead of average.

Nealy all of South Dakota's winter wheat crop is rated either fair, good or excellent.

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