- Associated Press - Monday, April 18, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says rain brought much needed moisture to parts of South Dakota last week, with the heaviest amounts hitting the central and south central parts of the state.

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says drier conditions early in the week allowed small grain planting to advance, with 1 percent of the corn crop in the ground and 61 percent of spring wheat planted. Oats planted is at 55 percent and barley planted is at 23 percent.

Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 2 percent very short, 20 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus.

Winter wheat condition is rated 10 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 60 percent good and 5 percent excellent.

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