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Warm Temperatures Push Row Crop Development in SD

Corn Crops Suffer from Drought
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Warm temperatures in South Dakota spurred row crops to progress at a rapid rate last week.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop and weather report that some areas of the state saw temperatures reach into the 110s, which is uncommon for late August. Precipitation was limited throughout the state. There were 6.8 days of fieldwork.

Topsoil moisture was rated at 67 percent very short, 24 percent short and 9 percent adequate.

About 94 percent of corn has reached the dough stage and 80 percent the dented stage.

Cattle conditions held steady at 69 percent good to excellent range, 25 percent fair and 6 percent poor to very poor

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