Dry conditions across South Dakota are continuing to impact farmers and ranchers.

The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says condition ratings have declined slightly for all crops, and also for range and pasture lands.

Topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 63 percent short or very short, and subsoil moisture is 60 percent in those categories.

In the ranching community, pasture and range conditions are rated 53 percent poor or very poor. Stock water supplies are 43 percent in those categories.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.  All or parts of these states are experiencing severe or extreme drought condition.

Source: USDA , Associated Press


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