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Week of warmer, drier weather benefits South Dakota farmers

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Farmers in many areas of South Dakota were able to return to spring planting work last week, thanks to warmer, drier weather. However, the Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that some south central and south...

SIOUX FALLS (AP) - Farmers in many areas of South Dakota were able to return to spring planting work last week, thanks to warmer, drier weather.

However, the Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that some south central and southeast areas remained too wet for fieldwork.

Planting of most crops in South Dakota is near or ahead of the long-term average. Spring wheat seeding is nearly wrapped up, while slightly more than one-third of the corn crop is in the ground. About 10 percent of soybeans have been planted.

The report says the winter wheat crop is starting to head. About three-fourths of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

Pasture and range conditions are rated 77 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 90 percent adequate to surplus.

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