Week of rain boosts soil moisture in South Dakota

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A week of rainy weather has boosted soil moisture for South Dakota farmers getting their crops in the field.

The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that much of the state got an inch or more of rain over the past week, but about three days still were suitable for field work.

Topsoil moisture supplies in the state are now rated 79 percent adequate to surplus, up from 72 percent a week ago. Subsoil moisture supplies are rated 80 percent adequate to surplus, up from 78 percent.

More than half of South Dakota’s spring wheat crop is now in the ground, along with one-fourth of the corn crop. Planting of soybeans has just gotten underway.

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