|South Dakota Progresses on Small-Grain Seeding
SD Ag Connection - April 11, 2017
UNDATED - For the week ending Sunday, small grain seeding progressed aided by above average temperatures, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Cool temperatures and scattered showers early in the week gave way to warmer weather by week's end. Saturday's highs climbed into the 70s for most of the State with parts of the southeast reaching the low 80s. There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 16 short, 79 adequate, and 3 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 19 short, 78 adequate, and 1 surplus.
Winter wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 6 poor, 42 fair, 51 good, and 1 excellent.
Spring wheat planted was 23 percent, near 26 last year and 25 for the five-year average. Emerged was 3 percent, ahead of 0 last year, but near 6 average.
Oats planted was 17 percent, behind 27 last year and 26 average. Emerged was 2 percent, near 3 last year and 5 average.
Barley planted was 4 percent, near 6 last year, and behind 10 average.
Cattle and calf conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 14 fair, 78 good, and 7 excellent. Calving progress was 53 percent, near 51 last year and equal to average. Cattle and calf death loss rated 1 percent heavy, 73 average, and 26 light.
Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 21 fair, 73 good, and 3 excellent. Lambing progress was 77 percent, ahead of 57 last year and 70 average. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 0 percent heavy, 72 average, and 28 light. Sheep shorn was at 50 percent, ahead of 37 last year and 31 average.
Hay and roughage supplies rated 4 percent very short, 16 short, 77 adequate, and 3 surplus.
Stock water supplies rated 1 percent very short, 12 short, 86 adequate, and 1 surplus.