USDA Crop Progress Reports for the week ending April 28th, 2013 continued to reflect a near record slow planting pace although temperatures did warm up and fields began to dry out. Dry weather toward the end of the week allowed fieldwork to begin in some areas of the state, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, South Dakota Field Office. Pastures are beginning to green up following the warm weather and sunshine. Average snow depth across the state was reported at only .2 inch. The spring-like conditions resulted in 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies in SD were rated 6 percent very short, 20 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus.
SD Winter wheat conditions rated 51 percent poor/vp, 43 percent fair, and 6 percent good. Spring wheat seeding rated 13 percent complete, well behind last year at 96 percent and 56 percent average. Oats seeding rated 30 percent complete, behind 90 percent last year and 52 percent average. Barley seeding, at 14 percent complete, is also well behind 79 percent last year and 39 percent average.
As for ND, warmer weather at the end of the week melted the remaining snow in open areas, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. However, the rapid snow melt has caused overland flooding in some areas. The shrinking snow cover averaged 1.3 inches across the state. The wet conditions resulted in only 1.0 day suitable for fieldwork. The first fields of spring wheat and oats were planted with the average starting date for fieldwork May 3. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 71 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus. Spring wheat seeding rated only 2 percent complete, well behind last year at 63 percent and 27 percent average. Oats seeding rated 1 percent complete, behind 54 percent last year and 22 percent average.
Source//: USDA NASS ND/SD State Reports