(Sioux Falls, SD) — South Dakota farmers have begun a shortened planting season they hope will still be successful. A dry and cold spring raised concerns among farmers about when they might begin planting but recent rains have improved the moisture levels across the state. The amount of moisture between now and harvest will still spell the difference between a profit and loss for South Dakota farmers.
All eyes will be on the next few Crop Progress reports from USDA to see just how much planting gets done. A warm, dry pocket is setting up this week for much of the eastern Corn Belt with the exception of the far Northwestern areas where moderate to heavy rain is in the forecast for the next few days for much of North Dakota, Northwest Minnesota and Manitoba.