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US farmers blessed by good spring weather

29 April 2010

US - A good spell of weather in the US has boosted farmers hoping to plant small grains crops, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

It now means that farmers in South Dakota are "well ahead of average pace", with planting of spring wheat 65 per cent done.

Furthermore, farmers have planted 60 per cent of oats and 44 per cent of barley crop is also now in the ground.

The excellent weather in the area is also having a knock-on effect for ranchers, with calving and lambing procedures in full flow, while a high percentage of the animals are in good condition.

However, the Agriculture Department's weekly crop-weather report said that farmers in some regions of South Dakota were still struggling to pass flooded or damaged roads, making it hard for them to access fields for planting crops.

Darrin Ihnen, president of the National Corn Growers Association, said that while not every state in the US was doing as well, it was encouraging to see progress being made in South Dakota.

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