South Dakota’s good to excellent crop ratings stand at 71-percent on corn and 74-percent on soybeans. Monsanto Field Agronomist Jeff Speiler says with the exception of a few areas of the state that have had too much water the crops look good at this growth state and the ratings are reflective of that.
He says the crop is behind. However, the recent wetter weather pattern has allowed for soil moisture recharge and he’s optimistic about the yield prospects even if it turns hot and dry.
Speiler says South Dakota’s crop looks better than other areas of the northwestern corn belt and he doesn’t anticipate a large number of prevent plant acres.