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September 12, 2011 04:16 PM

Dry Weather Stressing Some SD Crops, Pastures

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A week of warm and dry weather has help field work in South Dakota, but some areas are beginning to notice signs of stress on crops and pastures from lack of rain.
 
The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that livestock are holding steady but range and pasture conditions have decreased.  Soil moisture conditions have dropped slightly with topsoil
beginning to dry out more than subsoil from warm dry winds and lack of rain in many areas.

Soybeans setting pods are at 33 percent, behind the previous year of 45 percent. Ninety-eight percent of corn is at or beyond the dough stage, with 79 percent in the dent stage.  Cattle and sheep conditions are mostly in the good to excellent range.
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