USDA: Cool Temps Stymie South Dakota Farmers

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A mixture of cool temperatures and scattered showers left many South Dakota farmers with only about three days suitable for field work last week.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that farmers across the state worked as best they could on trying to finish corn, soybean, sorghum and sunflower planting. The report said producers also were moving cattle to pasture and harvesting hay.

The report says heavy rain affected large areas of the southeast, and hail and strong winds caused crop damage Saturday. Temperatures were generally below average for the week.

About 91 percent of the soybean crop has been planted, up 11 percentage points from last week and only 1 point behind last year.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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