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USDA: Widespread Rain, Normal Temps

June 24, 2014, 5:08 AM

USDA: Widespread Rain, Normal Temps

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says widespread rain showers and near normal temperatures last week continued to dominate the weather pattern across most areas of South Dakota.

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service says in the latest crop report that rain left 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork for cutting and baling alfalfa hay, spraying herbicides and moving cattle to summer pastures.

Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 4 percent short, 79 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus.

The corn crop is rated 1 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 71 percent good and 10 percent excellent.

Soybeans are rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 67 percent good and 9 percent excellent. The crop is 92 percent emerged, ahead of last year's 82 percent.

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