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Cold Weather Causing Planting Delays

Optimal time for small grain planting in South Dakota has past.

South Dakota crop producers are facing delayed planting issues as the result of a slow spring warm-up and wet fields from recent rains and snowstorms.

SDSU Extension Crops Specialist Bob Hall says only about half of the normal spring grain crop was seeded as on Monday, April 28.

That means the optimal time for planting spring grains has just passed, Hall says.

The latest suggested seeding dates for small grains in the South Dakota Agricultural Reporting Service reporting districts are as follows:

  • Northwest, North Central and Northeast regions - May 22
  • West Central, Central, and East Central regions - May 15 ]
  • Southwest, South Central, and Southeastern regions - May 10.

The latest desired times for planting corn, grain sorghum, soybean, and sunflower in the state are as follows:

Corn
Northwest, North Central and Northeast regions - June 5
West Central, Central, and East Central regions - June 6
Southwest, South Central, and Southeastern regions - June 8.

Grain sorghum
Northwest, North Central and Northeast regions - June 19
West Central, Central, and East Central regions - June 16
Southwest, South Central, and Southeastern regions - June 17.

Soybean
Northwest, North Central and Northeast regions – June 9
West Central, Central, and East Central regions - June 15
Southwest, South Central, and Southeastern regions - June 27.

Sunflower
Northwest, North Central and Northeast regions – June 20
West Central, Central, and East Central regions - June 22
Southwest, South Central, and Southeastern regions - June 25.

Hall recommends spending down time making sure planters are working properly.

"The yield penalty for poor field stands this year may be greater do to the cool and delayed planting season," he says.

TAGS: USDA
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