Crop Conditions Vary Widely Across the Eastern Dakotas

Inside Dakota Ag

It's too wet in some places in eastern North Dakota and South Dakota, and almost too dry in others.

Published on: May 14, 2012

I had an interesting trip around southeast South Dakota this past week. Heavy thunderstorms have delayed planting from Watertown to Huron to Madison. People farming the Vermillion, James and Big Sioux river bottoms were waiting for flood crests to pass before getting into those fields.

I made it as far west at Fairfax, S.D., which just about 20 miles west of the Ft. Randall Dam on the Missouri River. They were busy getting their first soybean fields planted.

Down along Highway 50, between Wagner and Yankton, S.D., a couple farmers were cutting hay.

North of Vermillion, I met a farmer who was tiling a field that he was going to plant to soybeans this year. He was disking a few hours behind the tiling plow.

You can start to row the corn in many fields, especially in southern South Dakota. Along I-29 from about Flandreau north to the North Dakota border, corn was just starting to come up – after nearly a month of being in the ground.

The further north you go in the Red River Valley, the drier it gets. Corn and sugarbeets are up and look good, but I suspect a rain every couple days would help them grow.

I live near Fargo, N.D., and haven’t even mowed all of farmstead yet because the grass seems thin and short for mid-May.

Looks like I’ll have to give the new trees I planted in the shelterbelt in April another drink from the well.

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