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South Dakota Climate & Drought Summary

As of July 13, 2017, 72% of South Dakota is in drought, a 15-point increase from last week. There was an expansion in severity from D0 through D3 categories in the state. Extreme drought now covers 10%, and includes 11 counties in the North Central Region.

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Making Cropping Decisions After Hail Storms

Recent hail storms have brought crop injury in isolated parts of South Dakota. We always hope the old ‘white combine’ adage does not come true, but there is no stopping mother nature. For those effected by serious hail damage, sometimes the next steps are hard to determine.

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Precipitation Deficit Tool Available

As of July 5, much of Central and Western South Dakota is listed in Moderate to Severe Drought, with the North Central part of the state affected hardest. One tool to make these categories a bit more tangible is the Drought Termination and Amelioration Application developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Farmers and Ranchers Needed for Survey

SDSU Extension is devoted to meeting the needs of South Dakota farmers and ranchers in the state. If you are 18 years-of-age or older and farming or ranching is your occupation, please consider completing a 10-15 minute survey that would help us acquire information to design and implement future programs to serve farm and ranch families.

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Drought and Heat Effects on Corn Production

Nearly every season in South Dakota has periods of hot, dry weather in at least part of the state. If this hot and dry weather occurs during corn pollination and fertilization, negative effects on yield may be substantial. Yields may be reduced at any point in the growing season when water usage exceeds supply. Early season drought stress may reduce total plant size, ear size, and the number of rows of kernels on the ear.

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