There are plenty of places in KELOLAND that need more rain.
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows expanding drought conditions in the northeast part of the state. Even some areas the latest drought monitor doesn’t consider too dry could use more moisture.
Rain in Dewey County west of the Missouri River has been spotty throughout the summer. Some areas have received timely shots of rain; others are still waiting.
"You just go to church and pray to the Lord and if it's going to happen it will," Cathy Simon said, "and if it doesn't, we'll make due with what we've got."
The Simons' farm and ranch near Parade, east of Eagle Butte, are pleased with the hay and wheat crops they received this year thanks to rain this spring. As they wait for more rain, they're concerned about the corn.
Just down the road, Oren Lesmeister with Fox Ridge Ag Supply would like to see more moisture too. He says he hasn't received anything significant in a month. Still, considering the outlook this spring before rain came, he'll take what he gets.
"Way better than we were last year at this time. Last year we were scrounging feed from any direction we could," Lesmeister said.
Lesmeister's sales show it's a better year too. He's sold more products needed when crops are growing. Last year he sold very little. Instead, he was selling feed because pastures weren't producing.
Last year was very dry, though. Overall, farmers around Parade are saying this has been an average year, at least in places still waiting for their turn at spotty rain.
"We'll just take it day by day, minute by minute just like everybody else," Simon said.
The Simons know it could be worse or it could be better. For now, cattle still have feed and the Simons hope their crops still get some from the sky.
Some farmers in that area expect they'll have to chop more corn into feed for their cattle rather than combine it. Rain in the very near future could help the situation.