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Cool Temps Bring Minimal Relief to SD Crops

Corn Crops Suffer from Drought
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Cool temperatures across South Dakota brought little relief to farmers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop and weather report that several low temperatures were set or tied across the state. Precipitation was scattered throughout, with an average of 6.6 days of fieldwork.

Topsoil moisture was rated at 51 percent very short, 30 percent short and 19 percent adequate.

About 84 percent of corn has reached the dough stage and 44 percent the dented stage, both ahead of the five-year averages.

Seventy-one-percent of cattle conditions were rated good to excellent range, 23 percent fair and 6 percent poor to very poor.

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