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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Wet, cool conditions across South Dakota this past week left just 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork, but the rain helped soil moisture.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says topsoil moisture supplies are rated 5 percent short, 85 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies are rated 9 percent short, 85 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus.

The corn crop is 91 percent emerged and rated 2 percent poor, 10 percent fair, 80 percent good and 8 percent excellent.

Soybeans are 93 percent planted, ahead of last year and the five-year average. The crop is 75 percent emerged, well ahead of last year and the average. Soybean condition is rated 22 fair percent, 66 good percent and 12 percent excellent.

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