Wind Storm Affects South Dakota Soybean Planting

KELO Damaged Soybean

Some South Dakota soybean producers have to replant after a wind storm devastated the north-central portion of the state earlier this month.

High and dry winds hit Walworth, Campbell, Faulk, Edmunds, Spink and Brown counties June 1.

Anthony Bly is a soils field specialist with South Dakota State University Extension. Bly says the storm blew residue off the soil and cut soybeans off the ground surface. He says there’s planting ongoing in the region later than usual.

Bly says most producers that needed to replant were covered by crop insurance. But he says the crop’s optimum yield is greatly reduced the further into June and July.

State Climatologist Laura Edwards says the storm was very unusual for the time of year.

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