Southeast South Dakota gets heavy rain

It was a cool, wet week across South Dakota.  Lincoln County farmer Jim Jibben says he’s heard reports of five to ten inches of rain in his area, which makes him grateful for the relatively dry spring.

“We’ve been able to absorb a lot of it, but we’re to the point now where really we don’t need much precipitation,” Jibben told Brownfield Ag News Monday.  “We need to get to get into our fields and complete spraying for corn and of course start spraying for soybean weeds.”

South Dakota topsoil moisture is 96 percent adequate to surplus. Winter wheat is 67 percent good to excellent. Spring wheat 75 percent good to excellent.

Last year, Jibben had one corn field that made 200 bushels to the acre, the highest he’s ever had.  With the right weather from here on out, he says the potential is there to repeat that.

“We could have good yields, but at the same time you know if you have a high moisture content that knocks your yields down considerable if it struggles to get mature because of lesser heat units,” said Jibben.

Across South Dakota, both corn and soybeans are 84 percent good to excellent with just a few soybeans to be planted.

Alfalfa is 77 percent good to excellent with 29 percent of the first cutting complete.

AUDIO: Jim Jibben (3 min. MP3)

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