Better weather has helped South Dakota farmers play catch up on planting.
The USDA says 86 percent of the state’s corn is planted, behind 97 percent last year, but ahead of the five-year-average of 82 percent. Corn emerged was 44 percent, well behind 78 percent last year.
Sixty-one percent of soybeans have been planted, running behind last year’s pace of 91 percent. Soybeans emerged was 16 percent, behind last year’s pace of 60 percent.