Farming Conditions For South Dakotans

Jun 11, 2013

According to Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist, "The state's soil moisture profile has benefited from the recent rains over the last two weeks, even though there have been some heavy events that generate a lot of runoff. The outlook shows potential for warmer conditions to return on the two-week timeframe as high pressure builds over the Plains, but we are wondering an active pattern on the north side of the state. There's plenty of soil moisture, so humidity could run high when warm weather returns whatever is planted will not be short of available moisture for a while, at least in the eastern side of the state. It's still too early to know May acres won't be planted due to wet conditions, but it's not too late for soybeans and corn to go in. If cool and cloudy conditions continue, diseases could become an issue in row crops. The plant diagnostic lab at SDSU has started to receive a few disease samples."