Soil moisture continues to be a concern in dry South Dakota as farmers plant small grains

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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — Soil moisture continues to be a concern in South Dakota as farmers work to get their crops in the ground.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop progress report that subsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 67 percent short or very short; and topsoil moisture supplies are 69 percent short or very short.

One-third of the state's winter wheat crop is rated in poor or very poor condition. Stock water supplies are rated 39 percent short or very short.

Planting of spring wheat, barley and oats is three-fourths or more done, well ahead of the average pace in South Dakota.

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