Drought Conditions Across KELOLAND Improving In Some Areas


Even though we’re late in the year, the recent rains are giving some in KELOLAND a little hope of getting a better crop this year. The key phrase being ‘some in KELOLAND’; but conditions have been improving.

Take a tour around KELOLAND and you can see a different landscape from one mile to the next.  Some croplands look great while others look awful.  That’s been the nature of the rains this year.  One field will get beneficial rain while the field next too it gets nothing.

Here’s the latest South Dakota crop report from the USDA.  A majority of the corn and soybeans are rated as fair to excellent, with about a quarter rated as very poor to poor.

Compared to this time last month, it’s been an improvement.  Last month about a third of the corn and soybean was listed as very poor to poor.

Pasture and range lands have been improving as well.  Two-thirds of it was listed as very poor to poor.  It’s improved almost by ten percent over the past month, not much but at least it’s a little better. 

Unfortunately, there are those areas that are getting the rain too late in the year.  But the recent rains will help the yearly water table as we head into the driest time of the year.  

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