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Corn, soybean planting returns to average pace in South Dakota

A week of good weather appears to have helped South Dakota farmers catch up in the field after a slow start to spring planting.

The latest USDA crop progress report shows about 66% of the state’s corn crop and around 40% of the soybean crop is planted.

Both are right around the five-year average pace. Just a week ago, both were behind normal. Most of the state experienced dry conditions the past week, though a widespread weather system brought another wave of rain to the eastern part of the state Tuesday.

Spring wheat is 95 percent planted, slightly ahead of the average pace. Both oats and sorghum planting are also slightly ahead of normal, according to the USDA report.