Poor Weather Hampers South Dakota Farmers

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South Dakota farmers trying to get crops in the field are being hampered by cold, wet weather.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop-weather report that rain, freezing temperatures and snow in some areas prevented farmers from making much progress with spring planting over the past week.

A little more than half of the state's corn crop is in the ground, and only 9 percent of the soybeans - both behind the five-year average.

The report says small grains are mostly in good to excellent condition despite the poor weather. Most cattle and sheep also are in good to excellent condition, and calving and lambing are nearly wrapped up.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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